One of the wildest and most beautiful regions in Italy, known for its rugged coastline and mountains, Calabria is also home to the deadly ‘Ndrangheta'. An organised Mafia crime operation more feared in Italy than the Cosa Nostra or the Camorra, it is shrouded in mystery.Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of Italy’s elite Anti-Mafia Investigation Department is tasked with investigating the deaths of several Calabria citizens – some in New York, some in the small, isolated villages that dot the Calabrian countryside.
A bomb explodes in the centre of Florence, hitting the car of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of the elite Squadra Mobile. The attack rocks the ancient city to its foundations. Ferrara was clearly the target - and he did, after all, just controversially imprison notorious Mafia boss Salvatore Laprua. A week later, another bomb explodes - bringing tragedy for Ferrara and a determination to find the culprit. But that same morning, Salvatore Laprua is found dead in his prison cell.
"Why the buzz about Michele Giuttari?"
In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered. Scantily dressed, she is lying by the edge of the woods. The local police investigate the case - but after a week, they still haven’t even identified her, let alone got to the bottom of how she died. Frustrated by the lack of progress, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence’s elite Squadra Mobile, decides to step in.
"Disappointing on many levels"
Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara knows that the beautiful surface of his adopted city, Florence, hides dark undercurrents. When called in to investigate a series of brutal and apparently random murders, his intuition is confirmed. Distrusted by his superiors and pilloried by the media, Ferrara finds time running out as the questions pile up. Is there a connection between the murders and the threatening letters he has received? Are his old enemies, the Calabrian Mafia, involved?
"CAN'T UNDERSTAND A WORD THE NARRATOR IS SAYING!"
A strikingly beautiful young woman is found dead in her Florence apartment. She lays on her bed, naked, a black rose between her legs. And the murders do not stop there: shortly afterwards, a woman is burned to death in a church, and a man is shot on the Ponte Vecchio. Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara is all too familiar with the dark side of Florence.
Florenz, 1. Oktober 2001. Bei einer schweren Bombenexplosion an der Piazza del Cestello entkommt Commissario Ferrara nur knapp dem Tod. Während er schwer verletzt im Krankenhaus liegt, wird nach Motiven für das Attentat gesucht. War es ein Terrorakt islamistischer Fundamentalisten?
Von 1974 bis 1985 wurde in der Umgebung von Florenz eine Serie von grausamen Morden verübt, die als "Verbrechen des Monsters von Florenz" in die Geschichte eingegangen sind. Jahrelang hielt sich die These vom in Eigenregie handelnden Serienkiller.