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The Deliverance of Evil: Commissario Balistreri Trilogy, Book 1
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On July 11, 1982, Elisa Sordi was beautiful. Commissario Michele Balistreri was fearless. Italy was victorious.
A killer was waiting . . .
On July 9, 2006, with Sordi's case twenty-four years cold, and Balistreri haunted by guilt and regret, Italian victory returned. And so did Sordi's killer . . .
But this time Michele Balistreri would be ready. This time he would fear no evil.
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On July 11, 1982, Elisa Sordi was beautiful. Commissario Michele Balistreri was fearless. Italy was victorious.
A killer was waiting . . .
On July 9, 2006, with Sordi's case twenty-four years cold, and Balistreri haunted by guilt and regret, Italian victory returned. And so did Sordi's killer . . .
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      • source: Jeffery Deaver, The October List
      • content: "The Deliverance of Evil is a remarkably dark thriller which starts against the backdrop of Italy winning the World Cup in 1982 and concludes in 2006 just as they are about to be victorious again. A vicious murderer who first struck twenty-four years earlier is waiting to kill again. The author combines the plotting and pace of international crime with the poise and prowess of literary fiction, striating the narrative with topical political insight"—Ali Karim, Shotsmag
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      • source: Peter May, author of The Blackhouse
      • content: "[Constantini] delivers compelling drama... the gripping strength of the novel lies in its passionate portrayal of a corrupt and criminal Italy, from seedy traffickers to the Vatican."—Marcel Berlins, The Times
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      • source: David Marshall, San Francisco Book Review
      • content: "[A] tale of personal and political corruption, expediency and revenge engages... Costantini has created a fascinating protagonist, first seen as a thirtysomething womaniser with fascist sympathies, and then as an older, sadder and wiser man, bent on making amends for past mistakes."—Laura Wilson, The Guardian
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      • source: Marcel Berlins, The Times
      • content: "[A] commanding debut thriller.... Costantini spins a politically charged, Machiavellian tale of fiendish complexity."—Publishers Weekly
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      • content: "Utterly compelling"—Peter May, author of The Blackhouse
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      • source: Anna Creer, The Sidney Morning Herald
      • content: "The engaging Italian police procedural provides the audience with a fascinating psychological look at how ug...
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      • source: Laura Wilson, The Guardian
      • content: "Rich with fascinating political history, filled with brilliant psychological insight, and a nonstop thriller... Bravo!"—Jeffery Deaver, The October List
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "Readers can immerse themselves in la dolce vita as Costantini's charismatic detective, Commissario Michele Balistreri, solves a complex mystery centered on the nature of evil.... Costantini tells an engrossing story of corruption and revenge, until near the end, when he kills off all the suspects, leaving little doubt as to the identity of the murderer."—Anna Creer, The Sidney Morning Herald
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      • content: "In his debut Costantini has proven himself an absolute master."—Antonio D'Orrico, Corriere della Sera
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      • source: Antonio D'Orrico, Corriere della Sera
      • content: "Crime stories offer a fine vehicle for state-of-the-nation investigations. Italy is more of a challenge than well-ordered Scandinavia, but Roberto Costantini rises to it with ease... sprawling, violent and beset by a tortured morality, this is a compelling vision of modern Italy."—Mail on Sunday
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      • source: Antonio Gnoli, La Repubblica
      • content: "Completely riveting... This is a take-no-prisoners view of a corrupt society and a guide on what it takes to survive and prosper. The detail of the police procedural is brilliantly managed and, as we get closer to the end, the thriller wattage increases with increasingly desperate police officers chasing their tails as bullets fly and a key person is kidnapped."—David Marshall, San Francisco Book Review
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      • content: "Completely riveting... This is a take-no-prisoners view of a corrupt society and a guide on what it takes to survive and prosper. The detail of the police procedural is brilliantly managed and, as we get closer to the end, the thriller wattage increases with increasingly desperate police officers chasing their tails as bullets fly and a key person is kidnapped."—San Francisco Book Review
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      • content: "An intricate and ambitious thriller that tells of our country and our times, of the tensions, madness, and its heartfelt humanity."—Elle (Italy)
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      • content: "A promising debut... [a] complex crime novel that moves from savage murder to the political and social realities of contemporary Italy."—Kirkus Reviews
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      • content: "The Deliverance of Evil is one of the most unusual (and successful) recent thrillers."—Antonio Gnoli, La Repubblica
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        December 2, 2013
        On the eve of Italy’s 1982 World Cup victory—the first of two national triumphs 24 years apart that bookend this commanding debut thriller, the first of a trilogy—Roman police commissario Michele Balistreri refuses to let the disappearance of ravishing 18-year-old Elisa Sordi, one of his best friend’s colleagues, derail plans for a night of drunken revelry. Days later, the discovery of Elisa’s tortured body on the banks of the Tiber will be but the start of a string of murders that, decades later, will endanger some of those closest to him—as well as the stability of the Italian government itself. Costantini spins a politically charged, Machiavellian tale of fiendish complexity that is longer and knottier than necessary. But the book’s underlying psychology—which, in an effort to explain the genesis of the kind of monstrous evil at the story’s heart, veers disturbingly close to blaming the victim—will likely be more problematic for some readers. Announced first printing of 150,000.

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        January 15, 2014
        A long, complex crime novel that moves from savage murder to the political and social realities of contemporary Italy. Debut novelist Costantini's book appeared in his home country of Italy in 2011 under the title Tu sei il male ("You Are the Evil"), a somewhat more pointed statement than the "deliverance" of the English version. The evil is broadly distributed. Police captain Michele Balistreri is a young man who has no trouble betraying the neofascists whose cell he has infiltrated, even if he harbors a few neofascist sympathies himself. He's more interested in drinking, smoking and cutting a bella figura on the streets of Rome, and when, just after Italy wins the World Cup in 1982, a young woman turns up brutally murdered, he seems to regard it as an inconvenience. He takes his job infinitely more seriously when, a quarter-century later, Italy again returns to the championship and the bodies start popping up once more. Here, the story, already absorbing (though too long by 100 pages), picks up speed, even though Balistreri doesn't; he's world-weary to the point of exhaustion, cynical and dependent on antidepressants to get him through the day, but he's been suffering from guilt over his earlier callousness and is determined to get the investigation right this time. His inquiry takes him into some unlikely corners, from the Vatican to gypsy encampments, though he keeps circling back to suspicions he has been nursing for years. It helps to have a little knowledge of Italian politics to appreciate some of the subtleties of Costantini's story, as well as a nodding familiarity with the geography of Rome (and the fact, for instance, that the Hotel Hassler is the city's most elite). None of those things are necessary in order to understand the essential nastiness of the bad guy and the moral ambiguities of the supposedly good ones. A promising debut.

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      • source: Library Journal
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        October 15, 2013

        May 1982. Italy has just won the World Cup. During the night of celebration, a young woman, the niece of the powerful Cardinal Alessandrini and neighbor to a monarchist senator, is murdered. The police captain in charge of the investigation, Michele Balistreri, is a brash womanizer who botches the case. Twenty-four years later, with Italy again on the brink of a World Cup victory, someone with ties to the victim has begun killing young women, marking each with a different letter of the alphabet. An older, chastened Balistreri leads his team of deputies as they try to solve a case that results in the deaths of nearly a dozen individuals and entwines Italian politics--particularly the issue of immigration--with human failings, especially the desire for vengeance. VERDICT A strong start, with an absorbing depiction of the arrogant Balistreri, leads by midpoint to a less than engaging muddle with far too many pawns on the board. Near the end, the disparate threads begin to take shape as a spider's web, but by then many readers may have abandoned the book. This first entry in a projected trilogy is recommended for those who don't mind keeping a chart of characters and who enjoy elaborate puzzles. [With a 150,000-copy first printing.]--Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson

        Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from February 15, 2014
        Bracketed by World Cup fever, initially in 1986 and then in 2006, this first in a highly anticipated trilogywinner of Italy's Scerbanenco Prize for best crime novelgets off to a rousing start with a long (perhaps too long) and highly complex tale of corruption that encompasses the Vatican, the police, and the Italian government. Michele Balistreri is a young commissario in 1986, more interested in carousing than in his job, when a beautiful young woman, Elisa Sordi, who works at the Vatican complex, is reported missing. Refusing to be distracted from watching the Cup final, Balistreri fails to respond quickly. Elisa's body is eventually found in the Tiber, and Balistreri's inability to capture the murderer stains his career. Nearly 20 years later, again on the eve of an Italian appearance in the World Cup final, Balistreri has rebounded, at least professionally, when Elisa's mother commits suicide, and a string of succeeding murders suggests a connection to the earlier crime. Throwing himself into the case as a way of seeking long-needed personal redemption, Balistreri becomes embroiled in a many-tentacled conspiracy whose connections to the powerful threaten to end his career once and for all. Costantini's byzantine plot seems impenetrable at times, but the compelling character of the antiheroic Balistreri, a former Fascist, holds it together, much as the powerful figure of Lisbeth Salander keeps Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy from capsizing during its more convoluted turns. Balistreri may not be quite as perversely appealing as Salander, but he is every bit as flawed and a lot more vulnerable, and the combination provides just the right engine to drive this lumbering but still compelling narrative. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A 150,000 first printing and a matching marketing campaign will get this debut novel the attention it deserves.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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