An exquisitely plotted and unique psychological thriller. The author narrates through the eyes of the protagonists, placing the reader right in the action. You will only be needing the very edge of your seat on which to read this fast-paced thriller. A serial killer is terrorising the students of Bologna. Rookie female detective Grazia Negro is determined to solve the case.
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Una giovane detective molto determinata scopre di essere donna, e tutta intera, in un universo tutto di uomini. Get A Copy. Paperback , Stile Libero , pages. More Details Original Title. Ispettore Grazia Negro 2. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Almost Blue , please sign up.
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This was not a good book. The only witness is a This was not a good book. The only witness is a blind man, Simone, who eavesdrops on the city with scanners. Translated from the Italian, that might explain some of the terrible sentence structures and pointless lines, but not all of them. View 2 comments. I was not very impressed by the book. I found it often too far fetched, unnecessary complicated and sometimes lacking a good pace.
I might try another part of the series to see if my opinion will stand. Nov 05, Alessandro rated it it was amazing. You'll want to walk around Bologna by night to taste all the emotions in the book. They are more about politics than murder, so I was surprised by Almost Blue , which features some very gruesome murders. Set in modern Bologna, this book focuses on a someone who is killing students at the University of Bologna.
A young female detective named Grazia Negro is on the case. The female detective usually hooks me, and she's an intriguing protagonist, but the real treat in this book Prior to Almost Blue I had only read Lucarelli's historical mysteries, the Commissario De Luca Trilogy. The female detective usually hooks me, and she's an intriguing protagonist, but the real treat in this book is the blind man. Simone is a young blind man who spends his days and nights up in his attic room listening to jazz much of the time, but also amusing himself by listening to the police scanner and to people's cell phone conversations.
The book is narrated from a number of perspectives, including the murderer's, but Simone is by far the most interesting narrator. He associates voices with colors and because he's blind, he hears nuances in voices that no one else can hear. As the corpses pile up in Bologna, the result of a serial killer, Simone realizes that he has heard the murderer speak to one of his victims.
He contacts Grazia Negro and together they track a murderer. In the meantime, they also fall in love. Simone describes Grazia's voice like this: "There's a bit of the South in her voice. Low and warm. Violet, with red highlights. The bluest voice I've ever heard" p.
Blue is good. Green is bad. Here's how Simone describes the murderer's voice: "His voice is green. It sidles up to the distorted bass playing in the background, pushing it back like a flap of skin. His voice is green because it has no color It's only slightly stronger than the voice of a synthesizer, only slightly fuller. It's a fake, green voice" p Pretty soon the guy with the green voice finds out about Simone and goes looking for him.
I'll admit it. I was freaking out. The murderer is a very scary guy and the mystery has many layers and convolutions. I was surprised by the narrative complexity. The murder was called The Chameleon, because the assumed the identity, the appearance, of his last victim. Very weird. This book is 2 in the Grazia Negro series, but 1 hasn't been translated into English. Hello, is Europa Editions listening? These books need to be translated into English!
Sep 24, Yvann S rated it liked it. She only has one witness who can identify the killer — and he is blind. Together Simone and Negro are the only people able to stop him. I seem to be having a bout of the DNFs at the moment. Maybe I am just getting more ruthless with my reading. Grazia is a great lead investigator although why why why the author chose to make her pre-menstrual is beyond me, did he want to ramp up the blood quotient even further?
What made me put this book down was the incredibly short chapters, switching back and forth from Grazia to the killer to Simone. Anyway it was too jumpy and I got fed up. Ok, again, I can't vouch for the translation as I have Einaudi's edition in Italian which I can't find here.
Anyway, this is a crime story, of course. What else can Lucarelli write? Hm, maybe "thriller" or "noir" fit the plot better, but Grazia Negro, the main character, is a tough female detective whose work is to track and capture serial killers.
Simone, a blind guy, is just as nicely written, even better dare I say. The way Lucarelli describes what Simone "sees" when he listens to music or whatever's around him is just poetry. Very vivid. Very sensual. Sometimes scary. One has to wonder how Lucarelli managed to write such beautiful words without being blind himself.
There's angst, drama, action and romance, what else do you want?
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