Via Delle Oche by Carlo Lucarelli


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Translated from the Italian by Michael Reynolds. Original title Via delle Oche, 1996. First Publication 2008 by Europa Editions. Second printing, 2009. 156 pages. ISBN: 978-1-933372-53-2.

The action in the final book of De Luca trilogy is set in 1948. De Luca is back in Bologna after the events narrated in The Damned Season two years ago. We know nothing of what has happened to him during this time period but he has been relegated to the status of Special Sub Commissario, assigned to the vice squad. The book opens on his first day at work. De Luca is on his way to report to the chief of police and has a brief encounter with Pugliese. There’s been a homicide that also concerns him. It has happened in a brothel. But when they arrive they realise it may have been a wrong message. A man is hanging from the roof beam by a rope. Apparently he has killed himself. But little escapes the watchful eye of De Luca. The hanging man does have a noose around his neck and an overturned stool beneath him, but when the stool is righted, his feet don’t reach the seat. “Its normal enough that a hanged man grows a little longer if he’s left a while,” he murmured. “But I’ve never heard of one getting shorter.” Puglise turns towards De Luca. Commissario “I sure am glad you’re back!”.

Meanwhile, the war is over and Italy is preparing to hold its first democratic elections. In this disturbing political context De Luca begins to investigate the murder of Ermes Ricotti disguised as a suicide, when his superiors insist that the case is closed. But De Luca is unwilling to look the other way.

As I have already mentioned in a previous post each book comes with an interesting introduction that is worthwhile reading. The story of a real person who inspired De Luca’s character to Lucarelli. De Luca provides the perfect excuse to recreate a crucial time in the history of Italy, a splendid portrait of those very difficult times. Although each book can be read separately only when read in the correct order can be better understand the context in which the story is set. Beautifully written, as the rest of the trilogy, Via delle Oche puts a magnificent end to an admirable and interesting series. Highly recommended.

Via delle Oche has been reviewed by Glenn at International Noir Fiction, Peter at Words without Borders, Norman at Crime Scraps, and Rob at The View from the Blue House.

Europa editions

Via delle Oche de Carlo Lucarelli

La acción en el último libro de El Comisario De Luca se desarrolla en 1948. De Luca ha regresado a Bolonia tras los acontecimientos narrados hace dos años en El verano turbio. No sabemos nada de lo que le ha sucedido durante este periodo de tiempo, pero ha sido relegado a la categoría de subcomisario especial, adscrito a la brigada antivicio. El libro comienza el primer día de regreso a su trabajo. De Luca acude a presentarse al jefe de la policía cuando tiene un breve encuentro con Pugliese. Ha habido un homicidio que también le concierne. Ha ocurrido en un burdel. Pero cuando llegan se dan cuenta de que puede haber sido una falsa alarma. Encuentran a un hombre colgado de la viga del techo por una cuerda. Al parecer, se ha suicidado. Sin embargo, poco escapa a la atenta mirada de De Luca. El hombre ahorcado tiene la soga anudada al cuello y un taburete volcado debajo de él, pero cuando el tauberete se endereza, sus pies no alcanzan a tocarlo. “Es bastante normal que un hombre ahorcado crezca algo al cabo de un rato”, murmuró De Luca. “Pero nunca he oído hablar de uno que haya encogido.” Puglise mirándole dice. Comisario “Me alegro de que hayas vuelto!”.

Mientras tanto, la guerra ha terminado e Italia se prepara para celebrar sus primeras elecciones democráticas. En este preocupante contexto político De Luca comienza a investigar el asesinato de Ermes Ricotti disfrazado como un suicidio, cuando sus superiores insisten en que el caso está cerrado. Sin embargo, De Luca no está dispuesto a mirar hacia otro lado.

Como ya he mencionado en una entrada anterior cada libro viene con una interesante introducción que merece la pena leer. La historia de una persona real que inspiró el personaje de De Luca a Lucarelli. De Luca ofrece la excusa perfecta para recrear un momento crucial en la historia de Italia, un espléndido retrato de aquellos difíciles tiempos. Aunque cada libro puede leerse por separado sólo cuando se leen en el orden correcto se puede comprender mejor el contexto en el que se desarrolla la historia. Muy bien escrito, como el resto de la trilogía, Via delle Oche pone un final magnífico a una serie admirable e interesante. Muy recomendable.

5 thoughts on “Via Delle Oche by Carlo Lucarelli”

  1. José Ignacio – A fine review – thanks for sharing it :-). I’m always interested in the way authors get inspired for their characters, so I’m glad for those interesting introductions.

  2. Great review, Jose Ignacio. You make the book sound just too tempting! I must read #2 and #3 when my pocket money is due and I have got my reading pile down a bit 😉

    1. Thank you Maxine. They are an easy read given their lenght. Think you can find them at a good discount in Amazon UK. But let me know if you are interested and I’ll mail them to you.

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