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Maurizio de Giovanni lives and works in Naples. He is the author of the bestselling Inspector Ricciardi crime series set in the 1930s. The Crocodile, another bestseller, marks the beginning of a new crime series set in present-day Naples and featuring Inspector Lojacono. His books have been successfully translated into several languages, and a television adaptation is underway in Italy.
This novel is a perfect killing machine of flesh, bone, blood and cartilage. The story of the Crocodile will make you tremble to your very soulThe Naples we are plunged into in de Giovanni's vivid and astringent novel is a phantasmagoric place . . . [The novel is] rich and strange - Financial TimesDe Giovanni manages to conjure up the terrifying darkness at the heart of a serial killer in this chilling procedural - Publisher's WeeklyA wonderfully suspenseful novel in which de Giovanni restores life to the cliche of the world-weary detective ... [and] explores Lojacono's loneliness and vulnerability while simultaneously revealing his brilliance - Kirkus starred review