Alba Nera: jazz and the corpses of Giancarlo de Cataldo

This is the body of a young girl who was severely beaten, insulted, insulted and left there, completely covered in sores and bumps. But he hasn’t died yet.

In the midst of an argument, before they could get their package out, a man appeared with a gun in his hand. Fast as lightning, Ramon delivers a blow that misses the target. But he lets him wrap his legs around his neck and run away. Jaime, he, in a faint, is given to the policeman, who received the denunciatory information in a timely manner.

As soon as he managed to observe the young girl before she was taken to the hospital, “Blonde” felt the hairs on his skin stand on end. Everything instantly returns to his memory, which could not forget anything. A few years ago, a crime, this time reaching a fatal end, was committed against another young woman. With the same symptoms, the same methods, the same colored knots of rope. Shibari knots. A crime that resisted all the investigations he, Gianni Romani, undertook with his colleagues Alba Dorria and Giannaldo Rossi, says Dr. Sacks. Never being able to really explain it.

However, they were the best in their promotion from the police academy, leaving all three at the top of the rankings. But nothing helped: the murder of the Little Mermaid had an outcome that did not satisfy any of the three friends and gradually, insidiously, caused their professional and friendly alienation.

So when he finds himself in front of these ropes that evoke painful episodes of this old case in his memory, “Blonde” does not hesitate for a moment and is reunited with the one who became Commissioner Dorria. And together they do the same with Dr. Sachs, who has entered the more obscure police service under the auspices of his father-in-law, Cono di Sangiorgio, and who is a man of secrets. whom “true power loves shadows [et] doesn’t care about the spotlights.”

After so many years, three found friends take on this investigation, as in a revenge story: to corner the one who eluded them the first time, and to restore justice to a horribly injured and mutilated young stranger.

With this novel, we enter into the mysteries of protection and other connivance, into corruption and other corrupt practices, into the practices of SM and the impunity that money sanctioned by making itself irreplaceable.

As a judge, before becoming a writer, Giancarlo de Cataldo certainly had to deal with these sophisticated and dangerous “games” played by “friends of my friends” for their respective profits, advantages and impunity, to speak of them if it’s easy! And so, perhaps with a very realistic vision, he takes us to a story where abomination communicates with luxury and lust, where pathos is the opposite of cruelty, where petty thugs try to answer arrogant criminals, where money solves everything and even worse.

The investigation draws part of its originality from the trio that made up the team responsible for the first murder and then the second attack: two men and a woman. Marked characters who, on reflection, should separate (and this is what happened to them after their common failure) and yet, which also allows them to work effectively together due to their complementarity.

However, if their worlds overlap, they do not mix. Alba hates the glitter she has lived in, unlike Dr. Sacks, who has no ambition other than to integrate into his wealthy relatives, the one that the Blonde lent clothes to attend graduation… And if the Blonde hasn’t forgotten his story with Alba, the latter is far from “returning the lid”, years later, with the same passion as he, who has not forgotten anything about this affection, because it is a little intuitive.

But their interpersonal relationships don’t get in the way of their phenomenal ability to work individually, making their team a formidable machine for plowing the ground, informants, the dark web, dating of all stripes, even if no one can help but play a little personal and pursue his own ideas.

All of this makes for a very good story, but (because there is one “but”) I was a little disappointed with the narrative, which was way too convoluted with back-travels that were too violent but hard to grasp, leading to a destabilization of the reader, which I too often can’t figure out if it’s in the past or present, lost in scenes that look similar but different, bringing different and confusing ideas.

So much so that, and this is extremely rare to my knowledge, I almost had to re-read the book in order to be able to rearrange all the pieces of the puzzle in the different chronologies and periods associated with the two superimposed studies.

So yes, it’s an interesting story, but I think the author made it overly opaque to cover up various trails, which of course would have revealed events and crucial clues too quickly. And that he is a little confused in several passages, the plausibility of which seems somewhat insignificant.

What I will leave out of this novel is the gloom of those “stuffed with dough” of all stripes who allow themselves to buy women for the sadistic pleasure of making them suffer, including until death. The darkness hidden behind their relationship and their money, which ensures their impunity in imaginary compromises… In the face of this, helplessness is a little demoralizing…

Surely those who rejoice in the destruction in the conflicting countries: today they will earn even more money on the sale of weapons than tomorrow on restoration. For now, Humanity Below will pay for all the pots.

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