The Day of the Owl, Paperback


In the piazza, a man lies dead. No one will say if they witnessed his killing. This presents a challenge to the investigating officer, a man who earnestly believes in the values of a democratic and modern society.

Indeed, his enquiries are soon blocked off by a wall of silence and vested interests; he must work against the community to save it and expose the truth.The narrative moves on two levels: that of the investigator, who reveals a chain of savage crimes; and that of the bystanders and watchers, of those complicit with secret power, whose gossipy, furtive conversations have only one end - to stop the truth coming out. This novel about the Mafia is also a mesmerizing demonstration of how that organization sustains itself.

It is both a beautifully, tautly written story and a brave act of denunciation.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781847089250



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