Carte Blanche

Carte Blanche

Book - 2006
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De Luca is a |good cop| living through a dark period in Italian history. This first instalment in the enormously successful De Luca Trilogy is set in the final days of WW2. In addition to being a first-rate thriller, it is a compelling look at a very particular moment in Italian history. Lucarelli's sharp, incisive writing perfectly renders the period and the characters. De Luca, with his shoulder-shrugging, hip lip-biting and his perennial insomnia, is an ordinary man caught in extraordinary times; his insouciance is a perfect antidote to the era's fanaticism.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2006.
ISBN: 9781933372150
Branch Call Number: M LUCARELL
Characteristics: 108 pages ; 21 cm.


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Feb 21, 2014

I did not read the book, but I did enjoy the Italian-language movie (with subtitles). No parlo bene la lingua italiana

SB2000 Apr 13, 2012

The first of a trilogy of short (but beautifully formed) noir style thrillers by one of Italy's leading crime writers. Detective De Luca is trying to investigate a seemingly "ordinary" murder as the Salo Republic (Germany's puppet fascist state in the north of Italy at the end of WWII) crumbles about him. As everyone starts to conspire to survive the transition to the inevitable Allied victory (or flee its consequences), De Luca finds that the murder leads places he would rather not go. Lucarelli's terse, well constructed prose (ably tanslated into English) evokes the world of treacherously opaque politics in the chaos of a crumbling regime. The murder mystery at the heart of the story is well crafted but the novel is really an examination of a man and a society. At the birth pangs of a new nation, where everyone and everything is compromised (just to survive), it poses questions about the pursuit and the costs of truth, society's need and abuse of truth and memory, an individual's personal responsibility and conscience, and the way power shapes victims and blame. Part of a sequence of novels (it is easy to read all three in the space of a week or so), it develops these ideas as it follows its protagonist. But just as the characters are not let of the hook, nor can readers expect to be given answers to the questions posed. A class act!

Jan 10, 2012

This the first book in the Italian Commissario De Luca trilogy set in Bologna; the story shows the real-life complexity of wartime Italy; the plot is a bit difficult to follow even though the story is a short one, plus it ends abruptly; not a lot of characterization; too much of a bare-bones, rush-through story and therefore not an engaging read; maybe other ones in the series are better but I don’t think I'll bother to find out.


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