The Crocodile, Paperback
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Transferred to Naples after a tangle with the Sicilian Mafia, Detective Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono feels that he's marking time, waiting out an awkward scandal. But when the bloodied bodies of teenagers start appearing around the city, victims of a strange and sinister killer whom police and locals take to calling The Crocodile, it soon becomes clear to Lojacono that the killings are more than simple Mafia hits, and that the labyrinthine streets of Naples are more deadly than he'd dared imagine. Can he catch the assassin in time to save the city's innocents? A bestseller in Italy, The Crocodile is a dark, bloody story of murder and revenge that will grip and thrill you.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780349138893



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The Crocodile – Brilliant The Crocodile by Maurizio De Giovanni is a brilliant Italian crime thriller which has quirky characters, a great story and a little humour along the way. It is easy to see why De Giovanni is an award winning crime novelist as this gives who has come up with a powerful plot that is well thought out is detailed and at no time does it feel rushed. The Crocodile is a great read as smooth ice cream and stunning as Italian tailoring.Detective Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono has been transferred to Naples from his beloved Sicily as he been accused of assisting the mafia, something he denies. Not trusted by his new colleagues given a none job to keep him away from real police work, Lojacono is alone even his family do not want to talk to him. He has nothing to do other than work, eat and as he cannot sleep work overtime.One night he is the only senior officer on duty and is the first responder to a murder of a young boy. He noticed various clues which the prosecutor remembers while the station captain is busy trying to get Lojacono to go away from the murder scene and back to the station. When more young people are murdered for no apparent reason the pressure is on the police to solve the murders. As the pressure builds the police have no idea why or who committed the crimes and are convinced they are just mafia hits. Lojacono keeps telling his sergeant that they are not mafia hits as they are not noisy enough to be sending the usual messages the mafia want sending out. Ignored by his senior colleagues it is Prosecutor Piras who over hears his theory and invites him in to the investigation. While Lojacono and Piras go one way in the investigation the Station Captain goes in another and cannot believe Lojacono is part of the investigation.Lojacono and Piras chase down their leads as their killer has been given the moniker by the press of The Crocodile, and one thing Lojacono agrees with is that the murderer seems to be the perfect killing machine who is not worried about leaving clues behind. You are able to feel the pace pick up as they realise they really are in a race against time to find the killer before another death can occur.The ending will have you on the edge of your seat as you are swept along in the pace of this thriller as you want to know how things will end. All the way through the novel The Crocodile reveals his inner thoughts towards the murders but does not reveal the reason why until the end. This is a brilliantly written story that has been translated in to English that brings a vibrant Naples to life and makes The Crocodile terrifying. I like the way we get to know each of the victims and their back story without being told if they are connected, only by reading can that be uncovered. De Giovanni makes this not just a brilliantly dark crime thriller but equally brilliant characters that just makes you want more. This novel delivers on all levels and is a fine example of quality writing who knows how to deliver brilliant plots with excellent characters and can deliver the punch at the end. The Crocodile is a brilliant take on a story of revenge, and an exploration of our darkest fears.

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