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A Fine and Private Place

By Christobel Kent

Published Jan 2010

As Sandro Cellini gets to grips with the dispiriting realities of life as a private detective, touting for business among old contacts and following errant teenagers, an old case comes back to haunt him. Once the subject of a routine investigation back in Sandro’s early days as an investigator, Loni Meadows – the glamorous, charming and ruthless director of an artistic Trust based in a castle in the hills outside Florence – is found dead in circumstances Sandro cannot convince himself are accidental. However inconvenient his suspicions might be, both to Sandro – whose marriage appears to be disintegrating – and to Meadows’ erstwhile employers at the Trust, he presses ahead with the case. And as Sandro attempts to uncover the truth of Loni’s violent and lonely death, he finds himself drawn into the lives of the castle’s highly-strung community and the closed world they inhabit in the Maremma’s isolated hills.

Brooding Italian noir.
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