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In Rome, a high-speed train hurtles into the city's main station with a carriage full of dead bodies, the macabre discovery of which falls to Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli. Subsequently, the police receive a claim of responsibility and the threat of more murders to come. But neither Caselli nor her eccentrically brilliant ally, Dante Torre, are yet ready to buy the terrorist link.
As the two maverick investigators puncture the façade of what the perpetrator wants everyone to believe, they come close to dying several times.
Not for the first time, Dante's bizarre childhood, during which he was kept confined for years in a concrete silo, enables him to see what others miss, and in this case, to connect with a kindred spirit of sorts, a woman named Giltine who experienced an equally bizarre childhood from which she emerged damaged, lethal, and full of murderous intent.
Adding to Giltine's eerie fierceness is that, as the victim of a rare mental illness, she believes she's already dead. She's unacquainted with fear. And that makes her the most formidable foe Colomba and Dante have faced yet.
As the story climaxes, the duo finds themselves utterly on their own, on the outs with law enforcement and the only ones with a chance to make sure the waters of Venice don't turn red with blood.
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By Amazon Customer on 03-08-18
Violent, gripping story well told, but I think I’m done with this.
This is another chapter in the tale of two extreme characters trying to fight for justice in contemporary Italy. The woman is a police officer temporarily sidelined, and the man is a brilliant head case with an abused background. I like these characters, but the prose is increasingly violent. I probably would have stuck it out for the third installment - who’s arrival is as yet on scheduled –but for the fact that the author chose to end this book with the most extreme cliffhanger I have ever encountered, and it really pissed me off. I’ll read the book reviews of the next one,but I’m not giving any more money to a guy who abuses his readers this way.