The Death of a Mafia Don

A bomb explodes in the centre of Florence, hitting the car of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of the elite Squadra Mobile The attack rocks the ancient city to its foundations Ferrara was clearly the target and he did, after all, just controversially imprison notorious Mafia boss Salvatore Laprua.A week later, another bomb explodes bringing tragedy for Ferrara anA bomb explodes in the centre of Florence, hitting the car of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of the elite Squadra Mobile The attack rocks the ancient city to its foundations Ferrara was clearly the target and he did, after all, just controversially imprison notorious Mafia boss Salvatore Laprua.A week later, another bomb explodes bringing tragedy for Ferrara and a determination to find the culprit But that same morning, Salvatore Laprua is found dead in his prison cell So who is the mysterious influence behind the bombings someone even the Mafia fear An ingenious, gripping mystery, The Death of a Mafia Don has been a bestseller in Italy and across Europe Written by former Florence police chief Michele Giuttari, it offers a fascinating insight into the secret world of the Mafia, and life in Florence.
The Death of a Mafia Don A bomb explodes in the centre of Florence hitting the car of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of the elite Squadra Mobile The attack rocks the ancient city to its foundations Ferrara was clearly

  • Title: The Death of a Mafia Don
  • Author: Michele Giuttari Howard Curtis
  • ISBN: 9780349121628
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Death of a Mafia Don”

    1. The title of this novel sounds promising, and it begins well enough – with a bomb blast in the centre of Florence, which appears to have the senior police officer Michele Ferrara as its target.However… I really, really struggled to get into this. I don’t know whether it’s the writing style itself or the translation, but to me it felt that a lot of the prose, and particularly the dialogue, was quite laboured, and there were some phrases that just felt too clunky and out of place, particul [...]

    2. Ever wondered why in CSI the hot guy in the lab is also the guy in the police car chasing the bad guy? Ever thought it was weird that he would also start interrogating suspects? I always did, but no more. I have seen the light. Thank you Michele Giuttari.Now I completely get why it is in the interest of the story to drop the twenty different guys who have to step in to: 1) collect evidence, 2) take it back to the police station, 3) make coffee and bring biscuits for the guys who just came back, [...]

    3. I was determined to finish this book but only because I don't like to start things and not finish them. I struggled to get through it. The characters were poorly formed and lacked personality. I knew where the book was set but without knowing what that place actually looks like I was given no insight. The book did get more interesting towards the end but there was no build up, just vague mentions of an overall plot when then took a completely different direction.The one thing I will say is that [...]

    4. Guittari definitely improves with each book. I got a little lost in some of the procedural duties at times, but for once, he makes no attempt to titillate the reader with unnecessary sex scenes and this story had the highest stakes yet. Mafia Don has a lot of daring plot elements, which Guitarri pulls together in a suspenseful yet believable read. Given the hints about Ferrara's future, though, I'm curious how long Guitarri spun out the series.

    5. This is my favourite so far of this author's books. Either he is getting better or I'm getting more accustomed to his style.This is a very Italian crime novel. Looking into the Mafia and what surrounds them. The author is still enjoying planting the character he seems to write himself as at the centre of everything in the world he's created. This irritated me less in this book than the others. Described these books could sound very similar to the Brunetti series. In reality I'd say they're very [...]

    6. This was similar to the previous book in the Ferrara series, A Death in Tuscany, in that it developed slowly and only picked up—to a frenzied pace—at the very end. What concerns me more is that Giuttari isn't really interested in his characters, only the investigation. After reading the first three books in the series, I still feel that I don't really know Ferrara, his wife, or any of his lieutenants. I was surprised that this book included what seemed to be a subplot involving the romantic [...]

    7. I'm a real fan of Michele Giuttari his plots are excellent and his characters have a real depth. You can tell he writes from his experiences as head of Squadra Mobiles of Florence his understanding of how procedures and processes work in reality shines from the page. I think it's a real benefit reading his novels in sequence you get a deeper understanding of Michele Ferrara, how his mind works and why he makes the decisions he does. Loved this book, a real ingenious plot, kept me gripped through [...]

    8. I bought this book at the Lawrence Kansas pubic library sale shelf and am delighted to have found not only a new author, but one that writes about Italy, the country that I love, and one that has several books out already! Howard Curtis' translation is excellent, right to the point, and keeps the intensity of the growing mystery high. It is fascinating to learn about the ins and outs of the Italian police system, its rivalry/relationships with other para-military para-police organizations, and o [...]

    9. Italian (and Italy-set) crime fiction dwells on two major themes: the thin line between right and wrong, and the corruption of the system(s). This intricately plotted police procedural focuses on the latter theme eventually delivering the adrenaline rush of a good spy thriller. (It definitely helps to have read the previous books in this series as character development is cumulative).

    10. I don't remember how I ended up with this book but being a chronic completer, this was a nice break from the non-fiction book that has been breaking my brain since last September. Read through this pretty quickly as there are nothing deep or complex about this book -- with massively egotistical nonsense throughout. I think the author is writing these as screenplays for police procedural tv series more than actual books. The characters are flat and the excessive detail is like set directions or s [...]

    11. Since I am a fan of Michele Giuttari's books, I enjoyed this one, but it is not great literature. Occasionally there was some awkward wording, which is probably due to the rush to translate these books for the American market.The story begins with a bomb exploding in the centre of Florence. Giuttari's main character is Michele Ferrara, the head of Squadra Mobile (which I recently discovered means "flying squad" in Italian), the same position Guittari held before he became a best-selling author. [...]

    12. Another Giuttari book which made me be completely absorbed by Michele Ferrara of the Squadra Mobile of Firenze and his mean, friends, . .This time it gets very personal for Michele Farrara when he is on his way to work when a bomb explodes exactly in fron of his car. Ferrara has locked up a Mafia boss, but nobody believes this is the real reason of the bomb. Firenze is shaken and everybody thinks immediately about Afghanistan, the Twin Towers, . Also, Mafia wars aren't going on at the moment an [...]

    13. Having seen this in a local book-shop and catching my eye due to the interesting title, this was the first book by Mr. Giuttari I read and I loved it. The style is perfect for my reading preferences and I found it very hard to put down.Gripping pacing, superb opening and the short chapters are great for people like me who don't read as much as they would like. I had no problem with keeping up with the characters, or the dialogue. The character's a clear and wonderful (Fanti is by far my favourit [...]

    14. This series gets stronger. More infighting within the Mafia and corruption among political classes. Our detective gets closer towards his retirement and in this episode he nearly leaves the police for good, death seems to be his most likely way out.Italy is the backdrop as usual but international terrorism takes center stage and the restrictions on the police make Ferrara's job almost impossible; is it just Italian life or is it something more sinister?I would recommend like me you read this boo [...]

    15. Third of the Superintendent Ferrara series. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first two. I think this is because the author's style is to have the reader follow the villains as well as the police and in this case the baddies are the Mafia and their "scenes" were over complicated with many characters, some which are known by two names and so on. In the end I skimmed through the Mafia bits and just followed the Ferrara bits which were as good as the first too books. Hopefully the next in the series [...]

    16. Poorly translated into English, speech tags too distracting, instead of using simple words like 'said' or 'replied' the translator has used overly dramatic ones like 'retorted' also some literally translated sentences just don't scan into the English vocabulary.A dull and plodding storyline, even the descriptions of Florence are lacking and uninspiring.

    17. I give the prize to Michele Giuttari for the fact that this book in his series had the most believable action of them all. For a longer review that is combined with two others (Death in Tuscany, A Death in Calabria), clickhere.

    18. Giuttari continues the Ferrara series in this, his third novel. Both the author and his translator have found their voice, and it rings clear and true. Less sharp cynicism than Didbdin, less introspection than Leon, but plenty of action and thrills. Perhaps Italy has finally found its LeCarre and Smiley in Giuttari and Ferrara?

    19. Turgid. Oh my goodness. There was a moment when I giggled, just like with the Inspector Montelbano books but um. By the time I got to the end and Basilisks were unmasked I just thought: phew, all done then. I'm hoping that there were more books in the series otherwise the poor hero will be left to retire in a glum place.

    20. This is the second Michele Guittari novel I've read, the first being A Florentine Death, which I would now say is definitely the better of the 2. I found The Death of a Mafia Don quite hard to follow, a little like the protagonist, annoyed and frustrated, wondering what was happening. However, still well written and I do love the characters so don't mind awarding it 3 stars.

    21. Good and interesting plot, but difficult to follow due to all the different characters in the book. The main character, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara is clearly based on the author himself.Could have been better if it had been easier to distinguish all the characters from each other. So 3 stars instead of 4.

    22. Best in the series so far (but haven't read his latest). He pulls off one heck of an amazing twist in this book that I never predicted. I had to go back and re-read parts of it to see how I missed it. The start of the book gets a little too bogged down in police procedure, but the last third is a real page turner. Highly recommend, particularly if you're interested in Italy.

    23. I have read the other books in this series and I really enjoyed them, however this one was alittle disappointing because towards the end the solution seemed obvious - well to me anyway. I became increasingly frustrated with the lead character for being slow to work it out, fortunatly that was only the last 50 pages and until that point that plot was great.

    24. This book needed a good editor. Some absolute howlers in translation - cell which was 2 foot by 3 foot? That aside the story was very good. It slowly built into a really frenetic exciting finish. A little more development of the main characters and fewer of them would have made it easier and more enjoyable.

    25. I found this book too confusing and slightly headachy - too many characters, most dying! Too much time in the story unfolding and the melodrama of it all!!!! What I did like was the eventual ending - where the line between Mafia and Government is shown becoming thinner !

    26. Didn't really translate. I felt there were some sentences included which didn't need to be; as if the author was over explaining something.There were also too many characters which I found confusing. It may have been because I struggled with all the Italian names though

    27. This is my favourite of the 3 Giuttari novels I have read. It got right onto the heart of the Mafia issues and although very complicated (as I feel Mafia involvement would be) it captured my attention. I even almost shed a tear but I can't say at what as it might spoil it for others.

    28. I can't really add much to my two-star rating. Despite the bombings at the beginning it seems to be a lot of sitting around talking and getting other people to run tests etc. I will finish the series as I have them all in paperback.

    29. Another installment in Michele Guittari's police series set in fair Florence. More of the same shenanigans as the other books, which does not mean to say that I did not enjoy it. If you are a lover of crime series I do recommend these books

    30. I had high hopes for this, being recommended by Pat!However, I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped.Don't like the characters and far too wordy to describe things i.e. why use 1 word when you can use 5!Bring back Donna Leon!!

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