The multiple prize-winning fourth book in the Inspector Bordelli crime series, translated from the Italian.
Florence, October 1966. The rain is never-ending. When a young boy vanishes on his way home from school the police fear the worst, and Inspector Bordelli begins an increasingly desperate investigation.
Then the flood hits. During the night of 4th November the swollen River Arno, already lapping the arches of the Ponte Vecchio, breaks its banks and overwhelms the city. Streets become rushing torrents, the force of the water sweeping away cars and trees, doors, shutters and anything else in its wake.
In the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy the mystery of the child's disappearance seems destined to go unsolved. But obstinate as ever, Bordelli is not prepared to give up.
A real find for anyone who likes their crime novels atmospheric, discursive, humorous and thought-provoking. - Guardian
Satisfyingly realistic police procedural . . . DEATH IN FLORENCE confirms Vichi's place in the vanguard of the new wave of Italian crime writers. - Irish Times
Vichi's crime novels are enjoyable, mystifying and well worth reading. - Literary Review
[Italian] writers are justifiably growing in popularity here: Marco Vichi deserves to be among them . . . [Bordelli] is stubborn, womanless, cynical and impatient, but strangely appealing. - Marcel Berlins, The Times
Over the course of his police procedurals, Vichi shows us ever more secret and dark sides to an otherwise sunny and open city. But his happiest creation, in my opinion, remains the character of Inspector Bordelli, a disillusioned anti-hero who is difficult to forget. - Andrea Camilleri
Vichi's stellar first in a new mystery series introduces endearingly melancholic Inspector Bordelli . . . [and] delivers a plausible solution worthy of a golden age crime novel. Readers will look forward to seeing more of this flawed hero. - Publishers Weekly, starred review for DEATH IN AUGUST
Once again [Vichi's] depiction of Italian history and culture is both fascinating and complex . . . a sharply observed slice of crime fiction with real depth. - www.crimetime.co.uk
Marco Vichi was born in Florence in 1957. The author of twelve novels and two collections of short stories, he has also edited crime anthologies, written screenplays, music lyrics and for radio, and collaborated on and directed various projects for humanitarian causes.
His novel Death in Florence won the Scerbanenco, Rieti, Camaiore and Azzeccagarbugli prizes in Italy.
Marco Vichi lives in the Chianti region of Tuscany.
You can find out more at www.marcovichi.it.