For fans of Daniel Silva and David Baldacci comes a gripping thriller based on real world events that will have you riveted until the final page is turned.
When NYPD detectives Paul Rossi and Hamilton P. Turner begin investigating the Sutton Place murder of an Italian air force pilot, the last thing they expect is that they will and find themselves sucked into the potential cover-up of the Ustica massacre, the most horrific aviation crime in Italian history, in which all 81 souls on board perished, where Italian President Francesco Cossiga blamed a missile deployed by the French Navy for the disaster.
But as they begin investigating, Rossi, recovering from a broken marriage, and Turner, an African-American opera buff, poet, and former lawyer with ambitions to be mayor, come up against NYPD bureaucratic obstacles and stonewalling by the Italian Consulate in NYC. Lieutenant Laura Muro, the policewoman sister of the victim, comes to New York to aid the investigation, but soon the trio find themselves in the crosshairs of the Gladio, Italy’s powerful, shadowy political cabal whose reach extends to the highest reaches of New York political and ruling class.
From New York to Italy, Rossi, Turner, and Muro must uncover the shocking truth about one of the most notorious disasters in airline history, and how this infamous act ties to the present-day murder. Riveting, erudite, and surprising at every turn, THE MAN IN MILAN announces a major new voice in international thriller fiction.
At the start of Racanelli's entertaining debut, NYPD detectives Paul Rossi and Hamilton Turner examine the body of Gaetano Muro in the gutter of an East Side Manhattan street. The pair initially identify Muro as an Italian diplomat, but an interview with his estranged wife raises questions when she tells them she has no idea where her husband has been living or how he made ends meet. However, she does know that he had been receiving threatening phone calls. The murders of two other people connected to Muro raise the ante. Facing resistance from the NYPD bureaucracy and the Italian consulate in New York City, Rossi and Turner decide to go to Italy in search of answers. The detectives become convinced that the deaths are related to the real-life 1980 Ustica plane disaster, in which 81 people died. Exciting action sequences play out against a travelogue background. The protagonists each have a full complement of vices, virtues, and quirks, which will serve them well in any future adventures. Hopefully, they'll be back soon.
Gripping Political Crime Thriller
The plot hinges around two appealing detectives, a (real) historic unsolved incident of a downed airliner in the early 1980’s. The plot is nicely paced with enough twists to keep you engaged. The prose and particularly the finely tuned eye for corruption, and its many layers, is what sets this apart. Quite the cautionary tale in the environment we face now.