Meet Castagnetti, Casta to his friends, who operates as a private investigator in the rather prosperous Italian city of Parma.
He is investigating the disappearance of a younger son 15 years ago, who must be officially signed off as dead to allow settlement of his recently deceased mother’s estate. The apparently routine case soon opens old wounds.
Castagnetti’s creator is Tobias Jones, who wrote an excellent account of Silvio Berlusconi’s rule, The Dark Heart of Italy.
The Italian premier’s name is never mentioned in this novel but it is about the realities and dilemmas of that country today.
This is Jones’s first crime novel. It’s a good conventional tale, worth packing for a holiday read.
The Salati Case