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Flowers Over the Inferno

Ilaria Tuti

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense, Fiction in translation


An idyllic village in the Alps. A legacy of sin. An evil lurking in the woods.


Something devastating has taken place here in these mountains. Something that requires all my investigative abilities.
My name is Teresa Battaglia, I am a police chief inspector and I walk through hell every day. It's not my gun, nor my uniform: my real weapon is my mind.
Yet my mind is failing me. Not my body, weathered by the passing of time, nor my tormented heart.
My name is Teresa Battaglia, I have a secret that I dare not reveal even to myself, and for the first time in my life I am afraid.

In the village of Traveni, surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Italian Alps, a series of violent assaults take place.

When the first body is found in the woods, Police inspector Teresa Battaglia quickly realises her decades of experience as a profiler will not be enough to solve what looks like the work of a profoundly deranged mind. Soon more victims are found and when a new-born baby is kidnapped, Teresa's investigation becomes a race against the clock.

But Teresa is also fighting a different kind of battle: against the silent reticence of a community determined to protect a secret legacy of shame; and against her own body, weighed down by age and diabetes, and her mind, once invincible and now slowly gnawing away at her memory...

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Praise for Flowers Over the Inferno

  • Teresa Battaglia is the best gift an author can offer their readers: a character they will come to care for - Donato Carrisi, author of THE GIRL IN THE FOG

  • The most awaited (female) noir debut of 2018 in Italy. - Repubblica

  • A thriller that enters into the corners of the soul and introduces an author to watch. - Marie Claire (Italy)

  • A story full of dramatic turns of events; the writing is tight and fast, and makes the most of the environment it depicts; the mountains, primitive nature and the woods - Wired Italia

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Ilaria Tuti

ILARIA TUTI lives in Friuli, in the far north-eastern part of Italy. FLOWERS OVER THE INFERNO, her debut novel and the first book in the Teresa Battaglia trilogy, was a top 10 bestseller on publication and the biggest debut of 2018 in Italy.

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