A TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH
ONE OF M. W. CRAVEN'S BOOKS OF 2019
A ruthless killer is spreading panic in a quiet village in the Italian Alps.
Police Inspector Teresa Battaglia is the only one who can stop them.
But how can you catch a monster when you're slowly losing your mind?
PREPARE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH TERESA BATTAGLIA, A POLICE INSPECTOR LIKE NO OTHER:
'Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, a criminal profile expert, is in her sixties, overweight, lonely, diabetic, full of the ailments of ageing - and delightful. It's rare that a character like Teresa Battaglia enters crime fiction for the first time, and with such gripping impact' Marcel Berlins, The Times (Crime Book of the Month)
'Teresa Battaglia is set to give tyneside's Vera a run for her money' Lancashire Post
'Teresa Battaglia is one of the most interesting detectives to emerge in recent years' M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show
'I was rooting for Teresa Battaglia from the start' Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill
'I totally fell for the tough-but-vulnerable Teresa Battaglia' Roz Watkins, author of The Devil's Dice
'A brilliant protagonist, an eerie setting and a community hiding dark secrets' Dead Good (Debut crime novels to watch out for in 2019)
Set in Northern Italy, Tuti's exhilarating debut and series launch introduces Supt. Teresa Battaglia, a tough, solitary woman in her 60s who has earned her place as the head of an all-male homicide team and is keeping her battle with declining health secret from her colleagues. When a middle-aged man's naked body with its eyes gouged out is found in the densely wooded Dolomite Mountains near the Austrian border, Teresa takes charge of the investigation. An effigy made out of the victim's bloodied clothing close to the body prompts Teresa to observe, "The effigy is a representation of the killer. He stood here contemplating his work, and wanted us to know..." Other victims follow who are left alive but mutilated. The kidnapping of a baby raises the stakes. Interspersed with the present-day action are horrific chapters set in an Austrian orphanage in 1978 that shed light on the killer's psychology. Teresa, who must deal with casual and constant sexism in her position of authority, is an unforgettable character readers will want to see a lot more of.