Roberto Constantini has written a murder mystery, a most enthralling one at that, and used it as a vehicle to illustrate, I hate to say it because it sounds so trite, life. Lest this review becomes as long as the book, suffice it to say that this story of a girl's murder and others that begin 20 years later, tells the story of the processes involved in the evolution of contemporary Italian politics, the descent of middle age, loss of innocence, morality compromised.
Yet that being said, it is also a tear of a mystery. Its complexity makes for difficult reading until for me one third of the way through. Until that time I found the protagonist to be unpleasant and not very interesting. Yet Commissario Balistreri's personality and history becomes more and more interesting as the tale progresses.
This is an epic murder spanning a twenty year period much like "Night of the Generals." Insightful beyond what the genre usually provides, it is unique. View it as a concoction of themes from popular pot-boilers such a clerical corruption, middle age pessimism, serial killers, sexual deviancy, unrequited love that transcend the genre of entertainment and approaches literature.
Good story, but gets a bit involved with various characters and their misdeeds. Frankly, I could not wait to get to the real crux of the story. The book was translated from Italian and while a good job, found a few quirks in the translation.
Get ready for a truly fantastic mystery.........take your time to read carefully the plot is thick and convoluted.It kept me guessing and I didn't figure it out until about the last 20 or 30 pages that's when it all came together, a great mystery for those of you who love not to be able to solve them in the first chapter.A great whodunit.A real five star Mystery
I quite liked the first half then came to a grinding halt! I have been persevering but, it just is not keeping me interested. Disappointed, think I must be reading a different book than those with other reviews, going to give this one a miss.
Well written and developed plot and characters. Both the immediate and long-term costs of disrespecting differences in people, politics are clear in The Deliverance of Evil. Th tensions built, holding my interest through the last paragraph.
This book couldn't have dragged on more. The main character was depressing as were all the peripheral characters. Everybody had "issues." By the time the book was done I had "issues." This book was a big waste of my time. I knew who the bad guy was from the beginning and still tortured myself reading to gather together all the loose ends. They weren't worth gathering.