Onster of a mystery thriller Not only in overall pages my version has over 600 but in the complexity of the story and the sheer number of characters It s a umbo sized chunk of intrigueThe book really needed to have another edit to make sure all the translations were smoothed out but even then the linguistic mishaps were kind of charming Which kind of sums up the entire book it s flawed but charming The flaws are even charmingI almost needed a spreadsheet at one point in the second piece where a number of key characters enter the story to keep track of them all and you know they re going to be with us for uite some time so you need to remember them and know who they are without having to flick back pages to re orient yourself is he a crook or a cop or perhaps both There s a lot of people in this bookAnd there s a lot of action In a less deft authors hands this action would be plodding or turgid or downright annoying But it s not in this novel it s again charming We seem to go up hill and down dale when there really is a straight line that would have gotten us there uicker but somehow the scenery makes the longer windier version worthwhile I often rate mysteries by how satisfying the ending is and feels This one is exceptionally satisfying Yes a twist but it s plausible A great holiday read not only for its heft but its lightness Even with all that density in plot and characterisation there s a light touch to it that I can only put down to the skill of the writer and translation Or perhaps that s ust how the Italians roll There were a lot of killers in this book and those not killing were often the killed At least three of the main characters were killers possible killers or complicit in hiding murder or provoking murder The main men characters that is Most of the women characters were used for sex suicides or victims of murder Not all though one of the police was a strong woman and a woman reporter was key in solving the crimes It was convoluted with all the characters the political situation with immigrants and the influence of the Vatican however the story was constantly interesting I liked Captain Balistreri with all his faults sins mistakes and regrets I found him easy to relate to even as I cringed at his unkindnesses and idiocies I thought how human Basically a young woman is murdered and Balistreri a young policeman with a bad case of the bad habits of young men fails to solve the case Twenty four years later there are additional murders tied into the original case Balistreri is now an older man with heartburn and depression a heart of regrets and a soul of guilt He has to try to figure out what he missed the first time the bodies keep piling up while he fights against the odds to find the truth I received this book for free in exchange for an honest reviewWow This book really got into my head to the point that I could think of nothing else At first I thought it was going to be some long drawn out story that would take forever to develop It turned out to be some long drawn out story that grabbed your attention and would not let go The main character Michele really won me over I found myself hating him and feeling sorry for him at the same time The story took me in directions I never saw coming and it even for its size ended in a way to leave the reader wanting I really enjoyed this book and if you are looking for a uick easy read this is no it If you are looking for a book that will consume you then here you go This was a first reads giveaway and is a really good thriller Set in Italy with Michele Balistreri investigating a murder then going back to it some 24 years later How is it linked to recent cases It had a lot of characters most of whom I had marked as a suspect at some point during this long read I found it hard to keep up with the intricacy of it at times but it was that very intricacy that made it the very clever thriller that it isThe author amazed me at how involved it wasand how all the minute pieces of the puzzle eventually came together It was hard to put down and I look forward to the seuel. Lved In 2006 Italy is once again on the brink of a World Cup victory and Balistreri is losing the battle against his personal demons when Sordi’s mother suddenly commits suicide Emerging from a haze of antidepressants and self pity Balistreri is spurred to action and picks up the case again sure that Elisa’s killer is still out there simply awaiting his next opportunity to strike.
Mysterythriller I have read in a long long time Perhaps ever I tried to remind myself that this book is the author s first an amazing achievement The characters are brilliantly brought to life the mystery is deep compelling and so well wrought that I had a devil of a time trying to figure out who the true killer was and truth be told I didn t The main character in the story is Michele Balistreri a thirty two year old police captain in Rome He drinks too much smokes too much and is a true heel with the women he goes through in a rush to as was said in my youth follow the 4F principle Find em Feel em F em and Forget em In some ways he could be a stock character from a Fellini film only Costantini has imbued this character with great depth and breath making him what could possibly be one of the great characters in a novel of any kind The secret is the two part nature of the story In the first part a young woman is abducted after leaving work on the Sunday of the World Cup Final between Italy and Germany in 1982 Balistreri would rather watch the game any Italian would but he makes a halfhearted attempt to calm the parents down and do a uick perfunctory investigation into the last moments of the girl She had worked for a Cardinal in a small gated two building residence But with no evidence Balistreri rushes back to watch the game with his brother and friends Naturally the girl is found dead soon after a further investigation ensues and by some stroke of luck Balistreri is not hung out to die The genius of the book is what occurs next Rather than confine all the action to 1982 Costantini launches us forward into a much later Rome Balistreri now 55 smokes only 5 cigarettes a day has cut out the booze and might actually be entering into a relationship with a reporter A series of murders start to take place tensions mount between native Italians and the Roma gypsies and Romanian refuges all which draw our main character into a convoluted story that has him as well as us guessing at every turn Chock full of suspense and intrigue as well as office politics that stretch from the detective s bureau to the ruling government THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL is a masterwork Do yourself a favor and ust go out and get this book before everyone in the office has read it and you have a hard time talking around the water cooler I can t believe I won this masterpiece through Goodreads but I am so happy I did Michele Balistreri is an incorrigible womaniser working his way through through Rome s female inhabitants with barely a thought All that changes on the night of the 1982 Football world cup final With the majority of cities population glued to televisions watching the action Eliza Sordi is murdered For Balistreri who is also a cop the remorse at not taking the initial report seriously almost destroys himTwenty four years later another world cup final is on the horizon and Balistreri has one last chance for redemption when a series of murders points to the probability that Sordi s killer is back But will the lessons he has learn t from the past allow him to find the culprtit Balistreri must find his way through political corruption the influence of The Vatican and Europe s vexatious immigration problem to find the mastermindRoberto Costantini has crafted an intelligent and sprawling crime novel The story spans long periods of time and takes on many twists and turns some expected and many not The plot is complicated without being overbearing with concentration the key with numerous characters Balistreri for one is interesting with his transformation from the callous and unlikeable one he once was to the one who is coming to the grips of his own demons By the end i found myself rooting for him despite his many flaws Despite being over 600 pages this is a great read that will hold your attention to the last word Be prepared for a long book and a huge cast of characters If I hadn t known ahead of time I think I would have lost track of who everyone was and then lost interest in the book But I was forewarned and worked hard to keep This is one G Commissario Michele Balistreri was a brash cop investigating the murder of beautiful young Elisa Sordi Despite the Commissario’s brash style or perhaps because of his arrogance the murderer is never found As the years pass the file goes cold and Balistreri grows wiser if perhaps a little damaged and a little less fearless consumed by the guilt of having left Sordi’s murder unso.
The Deliverance of Evil is a gripping tale of mystery providing the reader with many uestions with most of the answers not revealed until near the end Once I got to a certain point in the story I didn t want to put this book down as I wanted to find out who was the mastermind behind it all The characters developed well across the span of time covered by the book with interesting revelations about their personalities and relatable changes in their behaviour I would definitely recommend The Deliverance of Evil to anyone who loves a good crime or mystery thriller and I look forward to readin I listened to this book in audiobook so some of the comments on the book maybe related to this The book is slow to begin with and I credited this to the fact that I did not like the lead character Having read on I realised that this was part of the plot and you are not really supposed to like the lead character at the beginning In fact I believe he doesn t like himself As the book continues characters are introduced In my opinion there were too many characters introduced and these were hard to keep up with who was who Again this may have been due to the fact I was listening rather than reading the book There are some huge leaps in time but these are kept nicely together by the dates at the beginning of the chapters which I thought was an excellent idea The tale twists and turns well although there is the typical uiet mid section of the book The book has an exciting dramatic end although I have to admit I had guessed who the murderer was all through the book I think this may be my main problem with the book at no time was there a wow really moment I will definitely try something else from this author but maybe not in audiobook again The book begins in 1982 when the protagonist Michele Balistreri was young fearless and a bit careless Few days after he meets Elisa Sordi for the first time on the eve of football world cup finals she goes missing Her body turns up after sometime and it is very clear that she had been tortured Her bruised dead body changes something within Michele However he ends up arresting the wrong person for her murder case But that was all in the past for Michele still haunting him till a new case comes into life in 2006 Two girls have been murdered in way that is The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes just too similar to Elisa Sordi s Case Now Michele is experienced and matured and he vows to find the killer at any costAfter reading this book I am ashamed to admit that I hadn t heard of this author before Book Depository offered me an ARC for Review purpose Shame really to have not known about such an amazing author It took me sometime to really get into the book because Michele Balistreri is a difficult character to like His mentality and attitude towards the beginning was practically revolting He came across as this careless and haughty young man whose attitude toward his work and towards women in general made me want smack him on the head till he had some new perspective Ironically it was the death of a woman that started to bring in the change in him By the time we get reacuainted to Michele in 2006 he has matured a lot making it easier to like himThe plot is amazing A murder in 1982 is connected to murders in 2006 both sets happen around the time when Italy won the football world cup The similarities are undeniable and Michele conscience has been killing him for arresting the wrong person the first time round But then there s to it than meets the eye in this case A conspiracy that can rock the people of his nation and also enter the Secret Services to rock the already rocky boatThe author has a great style of writing and character build up As a reader I had a great time with the love hate relationship with Michele It was like I was in the book living it Of course some credit also goes to the translator NSThompson for his exemplary work and input I in turn suspected each character while I kept turning the pagesI loved it If you are a MysteryThriller fan be sure to give it a try THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL by Roberto Costantini is simply put the best. The Deliverance of Evil is a masterful psychological thriller about an edgy policeman’s personal evolution or devolution as seen through the lens of a devilish case that consumed him early in his career and continues to haunt him twenty four years later In 1982 all of Italy wasoyous having ust won the World Cup after a decades long championship drought while in Rome hard drinkin.
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