By Grace Brophy
Soho Crime, Hardcover, 9781569474914, 320pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2008
Praise for Grace Brophy:
“It’s not often that an author’s first book wins the coveted Tip of the Ice Pick Award.”—BookPage
“Believable narrative twists combined with excellent characterization, rich dialogue and a finely depicted setting.”—Publishers Weekly
“A terrific Italian historical police procedural.”—Midwest Book Review
In the peaceful Umbrian village of Paradiso, the shocking murder and mutilation of an elderly German woman is barely credible. That is, until Inspector Alessandro Cenni of the State Police discovers that this retired cultural attaché was not just a difficult tenant, but also a bisexual swinger with an African lover recently in residence, as well as a blackmailer. The dead woman grew up in occupied Venice, and some of her secrets may have been acquired that long ago, during World War II. And the bucolic village is not that innocent: It was the site of a famous, scandalous murder fifty years earlier.
Cenni’s boss wants a scapegoat, and the young African lesbian is the obvious target, but Cenni cannot bring himself to close a case without solving the crime and bringing the actual perpetrator to justice.
Grace Brophy, a native of New Jersey, lived in Umbria for many years. She now resides in Maine. The Last Enemy, her debut novel, featuring Inspector Cenni, was published to acclaim.