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Book Review: The Murdered Banker

The Murdered Banker Book Cover The Murdered Banker
Augusto De Angelis
Pushkin Vertigo
February 23, 2016

A body is discovered in a Milan apartment, and Inspector De Vincenzi investigates. The apartment happens to belong to and old university friend of his, Aurigi. When the body turns out to be that of Aurigi's banker, and a phial of prussic acid is discovered in the bathroom, suspicion falls on the apartment's owner, and De Vincenzi is agonisingly torn between his sense of duty and his loyalty to an old comrade... This intensely dramatic mystery from the father of the Italian crime novel, Augusto de Angelis, is the first to feature his most famous creation--Inspector De Vincenzi. From the Trade Paperback edition.

My Thoughts

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This was a tough book to get through for me. I found the writing style fairly dry, and over-descriptive. I know that these detective-style novels need a lot of descriptions, but it was just a bit too much.

There were a few points in the book where I was drawn in and wanted to know more, but then I was quickly lost again. I just really couldn’t get into the narrative style. I think it would have been more compelling if it was told from the perspective of De Vincenzi.

The ending was overwhelming, the writing style was exhausting, so I can’t recommend this novel.

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