How do Italian crime writers pack so much plot into 200 pages?
What can I say about Day After Day by Carlo Lucarelli except WOW.
I might try to describe it as Day of the Jackal meets Prime Suspect, or a sexy Italian Henning Mankell. But Carlo Lucarelli is my kind of crime writer melding noir, psychology, weapons, and an interesting protagonist with a dedicated detective in a rapidly moving but thoughtful novel.
Inspettore Grazia Negro and her team try to track down a ruthless professional killer, who has begun to leave a picture of a "pit bull"[a cross breed of a bulldog and a terrier] at the scene of his crimes.
When a young man encounters "Pit Bull" in an internet chat room he unwittingly starts a chain of events that gives Grazia a clue to her target.
I know chasing professional killers has been done before, and some of the plot seems familiar, but this book is a very superior crime thriller with excitement, suspense, deep characters, and lots of bodies.
"Dottore, no-one's answering the phone at the villa, either."
"Why?" he said, wondering out loud. "Where are they?Have they left? What did they do? My men......"
"Stop, Dottore," Grazia said, bending down to look for the siren under her seat. "Your men are dead."