A 2021 Sue Grafton Memorial Award Nominee
In the highly anticipated follow-up to Flowers Over the Inferno, Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, expert criminal profiler with four decades of experience on the Italian police force, returns for a chilling cold case.
A decades-old murder investigation has landed on Superintendent Teresa Battaglia's desk. DNA analysis has revealed that a painting from the final days of World War II contains matter from a human heart. Teresa is able to trace the evidence to Val Resia, one of Italy’s most isolated, untouched regions.
When Teresa’s investigation hits too close to the truth, a fresh human heart is hung at the valley’s entrance, a warning not to cross its threshold. As she hunts a ruthless killer, Teresa must face down her own rapidly deteriorating physical and cognitive abilities, as well as someone she hoped never to see again—a man who has just become her supervisor.
Tuti's outstanding sequel to 2019's Flowers over the Inferno plunges Supt. Teresa Battaglia into a cold case reaching back more than seven decades. When experts authenticate a recently resurfaced, long-lost painting dated 1945, The Sleeping Nymph, they find traces of cardiac tissue, suggesting that the then 23-year-old artist, Alessio Andrian, executed it by "dipping his fingers in someone's heart." DNA analysis indicates it belongs to a resident of the Resia Valley, an isolated region of Northern Italy. Teresa and her team, including her malcontent assistant, Insp. Massimo Marini, travel to the valley to investigate. They eventually identify the heart's owner, but the stakes rise with the discovery of a fresh human heart nailed to a signpost. Flashbacks to WWII reveal the dramatic story of Andrian, who apparently went mad soon after painting The Sleeping Nymph and never painted again. An intense plot, alluring secondary characters, and the contentious but endearing relationship between Teresa and Massimo make for engrossing reading. Readers will eagerly await Tuti's next.