In an elegant apartment in a chilly Alpine town a cleaning lady makes a gruesome discovery: the body of her employer hanging from a chandelier in a dark room in an apparent suicide.
Working the case is Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone, banished from his beloved Rome to snowy, small-town Aosta. An incurable cynic, perpetually at war with the world – and the weather – Rocco is unconvinced that Esther killed herself.
Armed with his intuition and his inimitable brand of morality, he begins to hunt for a killer. But as he digs deeper into Esther’s life Rocco is increasingly troubled by personal matters: his dissatisfied girlfriend Nora; the very vocal memory of his deceased wife, Marina; and a score that still needs settling back in Rome.
Reviews of A Cold Death
- Praise for the Rocco Schiavone Mysteries:
- ‘At last a detective who’s not haunted by personal demons or soaked in booze – but who glories in his job of solving crimes. He would not be out of place in a James Ellroy masterpiece. The tale is deftly told with sharp, cynical dialogue. Let’s hear more of Schiavone’ Daily Mail
- ‘An Italian detective to rival Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano’ GQ
- ‘An arresting murder mystery’ Monocle
- ‘Diamond-hard crime writing … this is lacerating stuff’ Barry Forshaw, Financial Times