A Few Drops of Blood
When the bodies of two men are found, shockingly posed, in the garden of an elderly countess, Captain Natalia Monte of the Carabiniere is assigned the case. Soon she finds herself shuttling between Naples's decadent art galleries and violent criminal underworld. If she is to succeed in solving the heinous crime, Natalia must deal with not only her own complicated past and allegiances, but also those of the city as a whole. A riveting and poetic exploration of the violence that lurks in the heart of beauty.
Praise For A Few Drops of Blood…
Praise for A Few Drops of Blood
"Weiss's style is polished and straight-ahead... The strong woman at the book's center is matched by strong women from other, related fields in ways that have implications for future editions in the series."
—International Noir Fiction
"Fans of Weiss’s series debut These Dark Things who have been awaiting a sequel will find their patience well rewarded by this strong follow-up."
"Memorable characters boost this atmospheric mystery redolent of the city’s art, architecture, and the détente that permits the Carabinieri and the Camorra to both operate in a state of tense and fragile peace."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
"Weiss’ cast is outstanding: gifted, tortured Natalia shares the stage with dangerously exotic Naples and the Camorra’s simultaneous roles as parasite and protector. Highly recommended."
"Twisted and compelling."
Praise for Jan Merete Weiss
"Where better to set a noir police procedural than in streets awash in uncollected trash, against a backdrop of smoke rising from Vesuvius? ... Donna Leon owns Venice, and David Hewson rules Rome. With this formidable debut novel, Weiss lays claim to Naples."
Weiss invests her debut with a plot replete with shocks, her characters--even the minor ones--are drawn with care and come alive as complete beings on the page, and her vivid portrayal of Naples, in its glory and its gloom, is unforgettable ... These Dark Things tells a dark story and marks the beginning of what promises to be a bright series."
"[F]ull of intriguing contradictions and cultural clashes between modern Naples and its past, and Merete Weiss confidently weaves them into this distinctive mystery."
Soho Crime, 9781616953539, 304pp.
Publication Date: April 22, 2014