Nameless Serenade

Maurizio de Giovanni (Author) Antony Shugaar (Translator)


The ninth Commissario Ricciardi Neapolitan mystery is "noir with a heart, haunting and beautiful . . . A literary thriller of exceptional quality" (NB Magazine).

Years ago, Vinnie Sannino left Naples on a ship bound for America, where he found fame and fortune as a boxer. But his gilded life in the new world came to an abrupt end when, during a fight, with a heavy punch to the head of his opponent, Vinnie killed a man in the ring.
Now, Vinnie's back in Italy, pining for the woman he left behind. Cettina, however, is now a married woman. She was, at least, until her husband was recently found dead, killed by a single blow to the head. For Commissario Ricciardi, one of the most faceted cops in fiction, and his partner Maione, it is a going to be a long, rainy, week in Naples.

"Deep melancholy infuses the crafty whodunit plot of de Giovanni's superior ninth mystery set in 1930s Italy . . . Ricciardi, who's literally haunted by visions of the dead, continues to be one of the most nuanced and intriguing sleuths in contemporary crime fiction."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"De Giovanni is one of the best historical crime writers out there. His Commissario Ricciardi novels, set during the fascist period in Italy, are intelligent and totally engrossing. Nameless Serenade is a perfect addition to the series; a really satisfying murder mystery, an insight into 1930s Naples and a thrilling chapter in the life of the Commissario. Lyrical prose and intriguing rounded characters contribute to making this one of the finest in the Ricciardi chronicles."--NB Magazine

Product Details

$18.00  $16.56
World Noir
Publish Date
August 07, 2018
5.2 X 1.3 X 8.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Maurizio de Giovanni's Commissario Ricciardi books are bestsellers across Europe, having sold well over one million copies. De Giovanni is also the author of the contemporary Neapolitan thriller, The Crocodile (Europa, 2013), and the new contemporary Neapolitan series, The Bastards of Pizzofalcone. He lives in Naples with his family.

Antony Shugaar's translations for Europa Editions include For Grace Received by Valeria Parrella, Everybody's Right by Paolo Sorrentino, Fabio Bartolomei's Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles, and Margherita Dolce Vita by Stefano Benni.


Praise for Maurizio de Giovanni's Commissario Ricciardi series

"Naples in the early 1930s is the setting for Maurizio de Giovanni's "Nameless Serenade" (World Noir, 397 pages, $18), a series book (translated impressively from the Italian by Antony Shugaar) whose intense opening chapters approach the operatic. [...] These romantic, suspenseful and political strains interweave and resolve in superbly artful fashion." --Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

"Love, longing, and loss suffuse [Glass Souls], de Giovanni's elegiac, autumnal eighth Commissario Ricciardi mystery." --Publishers Weekly

"This is a wonderful series, and I highly recommend it to mystery lovers, as well as historical noir." --Pulp Den

"Reading a novel by Maurizio de Giovanni is like stepping into a Vittorio De Sica movie." --The New York Times

"De Giovanni has created one of the most interesting and well-drawn detectives in fiction."

--The Daily Beast