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Napoli, così, non l'avevamo vista mai. Una città borghese, inospitale e caotica, cupa e distratta, dove ognuno sembra preso dai propri affari e pronto a defilarsi. È esattamente questo che permette a un killer freddo e metodico di agire indisturbato, di mischiarsi alla folla come fosse invisibile. "Il Coccodrillo" lo chiamano i giornali: perché, come il coccodrillo quandoNapoli, così, non l'avevamo vista mai. Una città borghese, inospitale e caotica, cupa e distratta, dove ognuno sembra preso dai propri affari e pronto a defilarsi. È esattamente questo che permette a un killer freddo e metodico di agire indisturbato, di mischiarsi alla folla come fosse invisibile. "Il Coccodrillo" lo chiamano i giornali: perché, come il coccodrillo quando divora i propri figli, piange. E del resto, come il coccodrillo, è una perfetta macchina di morte: si apposta, osserva, aspetta. E quando la preda è a tiro, colpisce. Tre giovani, di età e provenienza sociale diverse, vengono trovati morti in tre differenti quartieri, freddati dal colpo di un'unica pistola.L'ispettore Giuseppe Lojacono è l'unico che non si ferma alle apparenze, sorretto dal suo fiuto e dalla sua stessa storia triste. È appena stato trasferito a Napoli dalla Sicilia. Un collaboratore di giustizia lo ha accusato di passare informazioni alla mafia e lui, stimato segugio della squadra mobile di Agrigento, ha perso tutto, a cominciare dall'affetto della moglie e della figlia. Un paria, ecco cos'è diventato, un uomo inutile e inutilizzato, seduto a una scrivania vuota e impegnato in sanguinose sfide a scopa con il computer.È il giovane sostituto procuratore incaricato delle indagini, la bella e scontrosa Laura Piras, a decidere di dargli un'occasione, colpita dal suo spirito di osservazione. E così Lojacono, a dispetto di gerarchie e punizioni, l'aiuterà a trovare il collegamento, apparentemente inesistente, tra i delitti. A scorgere il filo rosso che conduce a un dolore bruciante, a una colpa non redimibile, a un amore assoluto e struggente: perché con il suo volto luminoso o con la sua maschera più terribile, è l'amore a racchiudere il senso dei nostri giorni.In una Napoli sempre più nera e indecifrabile, si fronteggiano due figure solitarie, mosse da una determinazione incrollabile. Come in uno specchio, l'investigatore e il killer. Un nuovo capitolo dell'eterna lotta tra il bene e il male.Maurizio de Giovanni, noto al grande pubblico per le indagini del commissario Ricciardi, dà vita a un nuovo personaggio, tenebroso e umanissimo, destinato a far breccia nel cuore dei lettori, e a una storia che si inoltra con passo spedito nei meandri di una città splendida e dannata. Una storia che sembrava attendere la sua scrittura tesa, il suo sguardo coraggioso, la sua abilità di narratore per essere raccontata....

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  • Rowizyx
    2019-03-15 04:46

    Non male, decisamente non male. Mi è piaciuta molto la costruzione, perché ha reso certi elementi intuibili, ma allo stesso tempo c'è stato un depistaggio che ha funzionato bene e che ha reso la lettura intrigante. Si sente che l'autore "vive" la propria città, perché non ha paura di parlarne male o di dipingerla realisticamente, ma non trasmette la Napoli stereotipata che sarebbe facile far piacere a un certo ambiente che vive di preconcetti su questa città. E mi è piaciuto molto il finale: nei gialli secondo me troppo spesso si risolve tutto "bene" (a volte anche in maniera fastidiosa, perché magari ci siamo trascinati su una scia di cadaveri bella spessa e poi urrà perché uno si è salvato - e 'sti cazzi, mi viene da pensare a volte). Introdurre un nuovo personaggio e una nuova saga, mentre si è nel pieno della serie a cui si deve il successo, e farlo con una storia in cui come dice Lojacono (view spoiler)[non c'è nulla da festeggiare, visto che il killer ha completato la sua opera (hide spoiler)] è secondo me una una scelta molto coraggiosa, e l'ho apprezzata.Ora sono curiosa di approfondire la conoscenza di questo autore, magari con le storie negli anni '20. Una scoperta piacevole.

  • Jane
    2019-03-21 22:34

    Quite different from the Ricciardi series, but still worthwhile reading. A policeman from Sicily, Inspector Lojacono, is accused of passing sensitive information to the Mob, so he is sent to contemporary Naples and demoted to the "Crime Reports" room of a Naples police station and told not to investigate any crimes. While on the night shift, he is the first at the scene of a murder and can't help himself. He notices the criminal left used tissues and a certain bullet casing at the scene. His colleagues reach a dead end in their investigation, and the assistant DA, having noticed his obvious talent for investigation, requests he be assigned to help her. The novel follows the unnamed perpetrator and his very deliberate MO. He is dubbed by the newspapers the "Crocodile" from his habit of wiping his weepy eye--an eye disease. Lojacono figures out the MO. He compares the man to a crocodile in another way--how he plots his crimes--scoping out his target with every meticulous detail and the man's chilling sangfroid. We follow the investigation. Why are three young people, with no overt connections, targeted? Lojacono opines by killing the young people, the serial killer really aims to devastate someone else close to them.A very exciting mystery, that kept me breathless. I felt the original Italian title "The method of the crocodile": a better title than that given to the English translation. 3.5/5, rounded to 4.Highly recommended.

  • Mara
    2019-03-01 01:47

    Romanzo ambientato in una Napoli cupa e lontana mille miglia dagli stereotipi.Al di la' delle classificazioni (romanzo, giallo, thriller) e' un libro curioso, intrigante, che ti tiene incollato alle pagine, ben scritto e che fa riflettere sull' amore e a quali estremi puo' portare.Finale sorprendente ma giusto

  • Paul
    2019-03-06 00:41

    The Crocodile by Maurizio de Giovanni The Plot In this first installment of a new series by Maurizio de Giovanni, Detective Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono is sent to a quiet backwater in Naples. In disgrace, rejected by his family & colleagues, a collared criminal names the Inspector as a source of information which enabled the criminal underworld to escape justice. Lojacono spends his days playing games of chance on his office computer & his nights misssing the family it seems he is estranged from forever. Meanwhile, there are a series of murders taking place in Naples. Young people are turning up, shot in the back of the head, in apparently motiveless, fatal attacks.What drew me to this book? Well i don't mind a thriller, i have to say. On the back cover of the paperback it says: "A lucid & premeditated campaign of revenge that ultimately, as in all the best thrillers, reveals in its intricate madness the many facets of a city."- Corriere della Seraor: " … The Crocodile is a dark, bloody story of murder & revenge that will grip & thrill you."Hmmmm… here's the thing. In my opinion, this is NOT a thriller. It's a mystery. Secondly, it's about as dark & bloody as a game of tiddly-winks. Yes, people die. Very sad… boo hoo. But it's very polite. No profanity, no sex, no real blood to speak of. I don't need these elements to be present to enjoy a story, but in this case it may have provided some comic relief. It's like a recital. A rather boring one. If you like a polite mystery, then this is for you. If, like me, you prefer a thriller where the tension builds, the story is gritty, challenging & makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck, then avoid this story & series like the plague. Otherwise, you, like me, will cry tears. Not Crocodile tears, but real tears, at the time you have wasted reading this book. I give this book 2 stars.Good reading!!

  • Stela
    2019-02-22 02:49

    Interessante il libro di Maurizio de Giovanni, anche se un po' troppo fiorito, al mio gusto. Mi è piaciuto lo sviluppo verso il culmine narrativo e posso dire che neanche il sondaggio dell'anima dei personaggi non è stato mica male. Comunque, lo stile, benché cercando di illustrare la tensione, il dramma, con le sue frasi convulse, con l'abuso delle ripetizioni forzando il lirismo, diventa a volte troppo patetico, melodrammatico. Ecco un esempio:Le parole di Luisa Lorusso vennero fuori rotte, frammentate, spezzate dall’attuale sofferenza e dal tempo passato.Vennero fuori tra le note dei neomelodici che si alternavano alla radio dei vicini.Vennero fuori nel puzzo dell’aglio e delle cipolle dei pranzi che venivano preparati, nel suono delle sirene che tagliavano l’aria, delle trombe e dei motori del traffico che soffocava la città.Vennero fuori nella luce di piombo di un altro mezzogiorno di pioggia leggera, tra le lacrime di un cielo che piangeva i propri morti senza interruzione.Eccellente, però, il finale. Non so se l'autore l'ha lasciato aperto perché pensa di scrivere una continuazione, ma mi è piaciuto il mistero che rimane intorno ai personaggi principali, del futuro di cui ci sono offerti solo deboli indizi.In tutto, un bel libro di vacanze e dirò alla mia amica Luisa che si l'autore scrive una "sequel" io la leggerei, perché mi sono un po' innamorata di Lojacono :))).PS Mi sforzo di pronunciare il titolo, ma non ci riesco. Dico sempre "crocodillo", invece di "coccodrillo" :D

  • Arwen56
    2019-03-24 04:55

    Romanzo scorrevolissimo, a sfondo “giallo”, come tutti quelli di De Giovanni. Tuttavia, come per la Vargas, interessa poco la trama in sé. Ciò che importa sono i personaggi, il loro personale modo di vedere le cose, di rapportarsi con gli altri, di affrontare la vita. D’altro canto, chi sia l’assassino, lo si capisce praticamente dall’inizio, nonostante qualche tentativo di “depistaggio” poco riuscito. Inoltre, ho già letto almeno due o tre altri romanzi polizieschi che hanno la stessa struttura di fondo.Comunque è gradevole e scritto bene. Mi auguro solo che De Giovanni non intenda crearne una serie, come aveva iniziato a fare con la quadrilogia dedicata al commissario Ricciardi, che alla fine era diventata stucchevole. Lo dico perché l’eco di quello si sente in modo evidente: sia Ricciardi, sia Lojacono hanno un “dolore” grande dentro di sé; sia Ricciardi, sia Lojacono hanno due donne che lo “vogliono”, sia Ricciardi, sia Lojacono hanno una “spalla” (Maione il primo, Giuffré il secondo) la cui comicità serve a far risaltare le caratteristiche del protagonista.Spero, dunque, che si fermi qui e passi ad altro (soluzione preferenziale) oppure che Lojacono si “smarchi” e si differenzi in modo molto più deciso dal suo predecessore. E che, per l’amor del cielo, non inizi un altro tormentone con Letizia/Laura uguale a quello tra Enrica/Livia, perché proprio non lo reggerei.

  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    2019-03-07 22:31

    I'm a fan of the European mysteries/crime novels. They are a nice change of pace from so much of the American stuff -- the authors aren't compelled to make the protagonist a super detective -- they are ordinary people with regular flaws and problems doing their best to get through the days. They also don't seem to be compelled to have endings that tie everything up in a bow where the hero saves they day. First one I've read by this author, but won't be the last.

  • Antonella
    2019-03-07 04:44

    La prima indagine di Lojacono... Nuovo personaggio del Grande Maurizio! ❤️

  • Paul
    2019-03-14 06:51

    The Crocodile – Brilliant The Crocodile by Maurizio De Giovanni is a brilliant Italian crime thriller which has quirky characters, a great story and a little humour along the way. It is easy to see why De Giovanni is an award winning crime novelist as this gives who has come up with a powerful plot that is well thought out is detailed and at no time does it feel rushed. The Crocodile is a great read as smooth ice cream and stunning as Italian tailoring.Detective Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono has been transferred to Naples from his beloved Sicily as he been accused of assisting the mafia, something he denies. Not trusted by his new colleagues given a none job to keep him away from real police work, Lojacono is alone even his family do not want to talk to him. He has nothing to do other than work, eat and as he cannot sleep work overtime.One night he is the only senior officer on duty and is the first responder to a murder of a young boy. He noticed various clues which the prosecutor remembers while the station captain is busy trying to get Lojacono to go away from the murder scene and back to the station. When more young people are murdered for no apparent reason the pressure is on the police to solve the murders. As the pressure builds the police have no idea why or who committed the crimes and are convinced they are just mafia hits. Lojacono keeps telling his sergeant that they are not mafia hits as they are not noisy enough to be sending the usual messages the mafia want sending out. Ignored by his senior colleagues it is Prosecutor Piras who over hears his theory and invites him in to the investigation. While Lojacono and Piras go one way in the investigation the Station Captain goes in another and cannot believe Lojacono is part of the investigation.Lojacono and Piras chase down their leads as their killer has been given the moniker by the press of The Crocodile, and one thing Lojacono agrees with is that the murderer seems to be the perfect killing machine who is not worried about leaving clues behind. You are able to feel the pace pick up as they realise they really are in a race against time to find the killer before another death can occur.The ending will have you on the edge of your seat as you are swept along in the pace of this thriller as you want to know how things will end. All the way through the novel The Crocodile reveals his inner thoughts towards the murders but does not reveal the reason why until the end. This is a brilliantly written story that has been translated in to English that brings a vibrant Naples to life and makes The Crocodile terrifying. I like the way we get to know each of the victims and their back story without being told if they are connected, only by reading can that be uncovered. De Giovanni makes this not just a brilliantly dark crime thriller but equally brilliant characters that just makes you want more. This novel delivers on all levels and is a fine example of quality writing who knows how to deliver brilliant plots with excellent characters and can deliver the punch at the end. The Crocodile is a brilliant take on a story of revenge, and an exploration of our darkest fears.

  • LJ
    2019-02-26 05:29

    First Sentence: Death comes in on track three at 8:qr in the morning, seven minutes behind schedule.A killer is loose in Naples; anonymous and methodical, yet keeping a diary, known about only to him, of his actions. Insp. Giuseppe Lojancono is mistrusted as a suspected snitch to the Mafia, and has been transferred to an inconsequential post in Naples. The only thing he is supposed to do is paperwork; no cases. It’s not his fault that he’s the only one on duty when a call comes in about a murder. In fact, it is the third execution-style killing of a young person, all within days of each other. Magistrate Laura Piras quickly learns that Lojancono is the only one to have picked up on clues missed by others and orders he be assigned to the investigation. What a wonderfully evocative and compelling opening. The narrative, which progresses through the story, is chilling for its complete objectivity. de Giovanni has excelled at creating an excellent character in Lojancono who is isolated by circumstances outside his own making. It creates a strong bond of empathy to the reader. Yet he balances that character with others who form a link to Lojancono, yet have insecurities and failings of their own. There are wonderfully descriptive passages throughout…”Dawn on a rainy day. There’s not a specific moment when you see the dawn. Suddenly it’s there, sliding into view while you had your mind on other things.” The one weakness, however, is in the dialogue which often seems awkward, possibly due to issues in translation.This is definitely a darker book than his “Deed” series, but de Giovanni is such a fine writer, he draws you in and makes you want to know about the people and where the story is going.“Crocodile” is, in an odd way, a story of broken relationships, and includes a very good description of grief. There is an excellent building of suspense as the pace of the story accelerates. All the pieces are brought together to a stunning conclusion. de Giovanni is an author very worth reading.THE CROCODILE (Pol Proc-Inspet. Giuseppe Lojacono-Italy-Contemp) – VG+de Giovanni, Maurizio – 1st in series Europa Editions; Reprint Edition – July, 2013

  •  Olivermagnus
    2019-03-09 03:54

    Originally from Sicily where he had been a respected detective, Giuseppe Lojacono has been banished to Naples because a Mafioso said he was their police informant. Although he was not officially proven guilty, the implication cost him his career and the love of his wife and daughter who felt endangered by the accusation. In Naples he is isolated from active involvement in any crime investigation and told to keep out of the way. One night he is called to a crime scene. Even though he is the only police officer available, his boss arrives and demands he leave immediately. Before he goes he points out a shell casing and some discarded tissues marking the murderer's hiding spot.The police who take over the case are determined to follow Mafia related leads and ignore anything that distracts from that line of inquiry, but Lojacono isn't convinced that organized crime had anything to do with this case. As pressure mounts with further murders, a young female prosecutor turns to the Lojacono for help. Meanwhile, the killer is revealing his inner thoughts to the reader through his emotional messages to a woman he loves. He travels through Naples, going anywhere he wants to go, but remains as invisible as a crocodile lurking beneath the surface of the water. We discover a man who prepared for ten years for his opportunity to wreak vengeance on a world that he feels has betrayed him.What a wonderfully compelling novel of a dark and violent crime. There is an excellent building of suspense as the pace of the story accelerates. All the pieces are brought together to a stunning conclusion. Maurizio de Giovanni is an author worth reading and even though I've never ready any of his Ricciardi novels, I intend to do so immediately. I hope there will be more of Lojacono in the future though and I think there will be. It 19s a very dark read all-in-all but an enjoyable one and although it isn 19t filled with surprises, the strength of the characters keeps the pages turning. I found Lojacono a great creation and look forward to reading more.

  • Monica
    2019-03-09 01:41

    inspector Giuseppe Lojocano has been exiled from Sicily to Naples as the result of a false accusation of being a Mafia informer. There was no trial, so he could not clear his name. He has not been not fired, just sidelined to a department where he has no investigative responsibilities to spend his days playing online poker.He happens to be on call when the murder of a teenage boy is discovered and notices some crime scene evidence, but is immediately taken off the case. The common wisdom is that it is a Camorra killing, but Lojocano thinks otherwise. When two more young people are killed in the identical fashion, the press is howling for results and Laura Piras, the prosecutor in charge brings Lojocano into the investigation.Lojocano and Piras are interesting characters. His wife has assumed he is guilty as charged and refused to let him have contact with his teenage daughter, Piras is still grieving the death of her lover. But the most fascinating character, in a really creepy way, is the murderer, an old man who is methodically stalking his victims and reporting his progress in letters to an unknown person dear to him.Di Giovanni's skill in atmospherics is fully evident. The streets and cafes are vividly drawn. His sense of humor comes out in quirky ways, and the suspense leading up to the final confrontation between cops and killer is intense. Perhaps the first of a new series?

  • JoLene
    2019-03-20 05:31

    3.5 starsThe central character of this crime noir novel is a disgraced police investigator, Lojacono, who has been sent to Naples because it was named by the mafia as an informant. Lojacono spends has days playing computer poker at the station waiting out the time that things die down and he can return to being an investigator. Since he lost his family, he sometimes volunteers for the night desk ---- and gets called out to a crime scene of the murder of a young teen. Soon, several other murders occur and we have a full on hunt for a serial killer, who's calling card is tissues left at the scene.This is an English translation of an Italian novel. From the ending, I think it might be a series. It is a well crafted story with chapters from varying viewpoints, but the reader doesn't always know whose viewpoint they are reading. This device leads the reader to be putting together the links between characters at the same time as the investigation is unfolding. I really liked that aspect. I didn't always care for the tranlators habit of leaving some Italian words untranslated (and not explained) --- this is a pet peeve of mine. Overall, if you like your mysteries gritty and don't mind being in the dark, you might want to give this one a try.

  • Sandro Pasquini
    2019-03-01 05:54

    Una storia avvincente, scritta con uno stile chiaro, fluido e coinvolgente.Quasi tutti i personaggi principali, sia i "buoni" che i "cattivi", sono delineati veramente molto bene, rendendoli quanto mai reali e credibili.Mi sa che dovrò continuare a leggere la serie dei "Bastardi di Pizzofalcone"...

  • Joan
    2019-03-05 03:43

    This is a well plotted mystery, it has a psychological twist but setting and character are not central to the story. The emotional baggage of the main characters and departmental politics impact the investigation but the action and dialogue are realistic.

  • Kristine Brancolini
    2019-03-09 01:34

    "A crocodile selects a location -- in the swamps, in the muddy waters of the savannah -- and it takes time making its choice. A lot of time. The place where it knows its prey will go, sooner or later, for water. And then it positions itself under the surface of the water...and it waits. It waits." (p. 114)The Crocodile is dark, disturbing, and compelling. De Giovanni's Commissario Ricciardi series is my favorite mystery series and I can hardly believe that the same author wrote this book. It's that good and that different in style and tone. Did I mention disturbing? This is not a murder-lite book. On the contrary. It involves the cold-blooded murders of young people. The murderer is called "The Crocodile" for a reason: This guy is emotionally dead and utterly dangerous. Inspector Giuseppe Lojacano, disgraced and recently arrived from Sicily, is just the guy to take him down. Maybe. Everyone else seems obsessed with trying to link the murders with the Mafia but Lojacano has other ideas. Of course, he's correct. The reader meets the murderer on page 1. He rides into Naples from out of town, on the train. It's obvious from the beginning that he has been planning these murders for a long time. He is filled with hatred for everyone except the person to whom he writes letters, describing the upcoming murders. That person is "Sweetheart, my darling." He knows that his success depends upon his invisibility, but as Lojacono observes, "it's very easy to be invisible here." Over the course of this relatively short novel, de Giovanni engages in some very clever misdirection. He also displays his brilliance in bringing characters to life in a few short pages. It's almost shocking how quickly de Giovanni creates empathy for the victims. The grief of the parents when their children are murdered, seemingly at random, is palpable. To tell you any more would be to give away this book's surprises. Lojacono is an outcast in the Naples police department, but he is called to the first murder scene in the middle of the night, working a shift rejected by everyone else. He immediately begins to pick up clues, literally, and eventually, he is brought onto the case by the prosecutor, Laura Piras. She becomes one of two women in Lojacono's life. Sound familiar? Think of Laura as the Livia character in the Ricciardi novels. And there's also Letizia, who is not as socially awkward as Enrica, but neither is she as luscious as Laura. So, I'm thinking de Giovanni realizes that this tension between two types of women keeps readers coming back for more. Book 2 arrives in English translation in early April. I'll be first in line.

  • J
    2019-03-10 22:51

    The Crocodileis an excellent mystery translated from Italian. Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono spends his working hours playing card games on his computer. A mid-level Mafia member who went to the same primary school names Lojacano as a "dirty cop" who passed information from the police to the mob. While the accusation is untrue, even his wife and daughter believe it. Because the truth of the accusation is unproven, Locajano can't be fired. However, he is reassigned to Naples and prohibited from working on any major crime investigations. Only one of the other cops will even talk to him. He is, like Lojacono, a social pariah. Lojacono volunteers for a lot of night duty. One night, a murder is called in and Lojacono is the first one at the scene. While the captain is annoyed at his presence at the crime scene because he isn't supposed to participate in investigations, Lojacono is the only one to note an important clue--crumpled tissues left behind by the murderer. The deceased is a young man who was just starting a criminal career as a low level drug dealer. Initially, the investigation focuses on his criminal activity. Soon, another young person is killed, apparently by the same killer, as once again a crumpled tissue is left behind. This time the victim is a young woman of apparently impeccable reputation. The police try to find a connection between the two young people and focus on what they see as the probability of a mob hit. A media frenzy follows the second murder and the female prosecutor assigned the case is worried because the investigation seems to be going nowhere. Lojacono thinks the police are pursuing the wrong angle. Moreover, he thinks that the killer may be planning more murders. The prosecutor allows Lojacano to participate in the investigation against the vehement opposition of the police force which remains convinced that these are Mafia hits.Lojacano races against the clock, trying to find the killer before he murders more people. To do that, he needs to figure out the motive. We readers are also trying to figure it out as the author weaves into the narrative fragments of a journal of sorts the killer is writing as he methodically goes about his crimes.

  • Cloudbuster
    2019-03-10 06:51

    De Giovanni ha ottenuto negli ultimi anni grandissima popolarità e tanti apprezzamenti con la serie di romanzi incentrati sulla figura del Commissario Ricciardi. Tutti, però, lo aspettavano al varco per capire se sarebbe stato capace di andare oltre quella fortunata serie e produrre altri romanzi di valore. Questa prova è stata finalmente affrontata e, a mio parere, brillantemente superata.Questo libro è molto diverso dai precedenti, meno lirico e più duro, meno letterario e più noir, che si legge tutto d'un fiato. Ancora una volta, però, la penna di De Giovanni è riuscita a creare due personaggi molto interessanti, l’ispettore Lojacono e la Dott.ssa Piras, di cui sicuramente sentiremo ancora parlare.La principale differenza che si nota rispetto ai precedenti romanzi è l’ambientazione: siamo sempre a Napoli ma mentre le avventure di Ricciardi si svolgevano in una Napoli anni 30 molto più vicina all’immagine stereotipata della città, tra Quartieri spagnoli, Via Toledo e Via Chiaia con il Gambrinus ed il San Carlo a fare da sfondo, qui siamo nella Napoli di oggi, una città dura e senz’anima, dove le persone vivono alienate ed intimorite, chiuse nel loro mondo e senza badare a quello che gli succede intorno, consentendo in questo modo ad un killer di muoversi indisturbato tra la folla senza lasciare traccia. E’ stridente il contrasto con lo stereotipo del napoletano chiassoso e amante della vita.A mio parere, però, ci sono anche degli elementi di continuità rispetto alle opere precedenti. In particolare, l’autore ci ripropone dei protagonisti con una vita tormentata, naufraghi alla disperata ricerca di un appiglio per riuscire a fare i conti con il loro passato e ridare un senso alle loro vite. E De Giovanni si riconferma bravissimo nell’andare a scavare in fondo agli animi di questi personaggi per tirare fuori il nocciolo del loro dolore.Un ultima curiosità: non esiste nessun San Gerardo Valle Caudina in provincia di Benevento (il vero nome è San Martino Valle Caudina ed è provincia di Avellino). Come mai questa licenza in una ricostruzione per altri versi molto rigorosa?

  • Dale
    2019-03-18 01:34

    This is only a small change of pace from de Giovanni's Ricciardi series. It is set in contemporary Naples and features a talented police inspector who has been ostracized by the police, nationwide, because of unfounded accusations of being on the mafia payroll. He is relegated to a desk job, with no duties, where he sits playing computer poker - a kind of purgatory, but one that he accepts with resignation. His wife and daughter have left him because of the corruption allegation, so he is alone in Naples, away from his home in Sicily, with nothing to occupy his time. He volunteers to take night shifts, just to fill his time. And one night he is called to the scene of a murder, and sees and understands details that others miss. And sees that the investigators' theory of the crime is almost certainly wrong. So in short order he is brought into the case by the (beautiful, talented, and driven) prosecutor.Once again we are given a book that is lyrical, nearly poetic, despite the gruesome subject matter. The poetry is that of someone driven to madness, but through it we are made to see and to some extent understand that madness, and even to have some sympathy - but not too much, because the crimes are horrible to contemplate.De Giovannni does not like Naples one little bit. He sees it as a city full of people hostile or indifferent to their fellow Napolitanos; as crowded, polluted, and harsh. He seems to take it all personally. But this view of Naples is essential to the story, in that the murderer uses the hostility of the city as camouflage, enabling him to be essentially invisible as he stalks his victims.This is not pleasant bedtime reading - no happy endings, no satisfied sense of justice, and only a glimmer of hope that the inspector may be able to emerge from his enforced isolation. But it is a novel that draws you in and, by the first third of the book, is pretty hard to put down.

  • Marina
    2019-03-03 23:29

    I wasn't familiar with Mauricio de Giovanni before, but after reading this book, I am definitely putting this author's books on my shelves. Not because of the one of a kind main character, but because of the stories he tells and the twists to the very end. So, let me tell you something about this book.When you think of Italy and Sicilia, you think of mafia. Unfortunately, mafia is the first association with every crime and every police act in Italy. Inspector Lojacono is an excellent police detective, until rumor says that he is mafia guy. And his entire world changes. To make the damage as small as possible, the police department moves Lojacono in Napoli, and his wife and daughter in another city. They both don't want to talk to him, they blame him for ruining their lives also.But in Napoli, it is not safe and sound. A young teenager is shot just in front of his home. A boy who delivers things (read drugs) to students. Soon after his death, a teenager girl is shot, walking home from her music classes. No one sees the connection, except Lojacono, who is clearly ordered to stay away from the case. But when the third teenager's body appears, the authorities in the police station have no choice except to let Lojacono lead the case. Because he sees things that others don't, he notices things that others can't. The lead takes him far away from the three teenagers, long time before they were born. When it all began.The Crocodile is one great detective story, with lots of police procedurals and many turn-overs.You can also feel the rhythm of the city, with all of its trattorie (small restaurants) and good Italian food. But you can also feel the fear of the mafia and crime ratio among the ordinary people. And you can not go wrong with a main character that many people mistake for a Chinese. He is one of kind.

  • Giulia Mancini
    2019-03-18 01:49

    Quando un libro non riesci a smettere di leggerlo fino alla fine vuol dire che l'autore ha raggiunto il suo obiettivo, mantenere il lettore incollato alle pagine. Ho letto il romanzo in tre giorni, complice il week end, in cui ho più tempo.Mi sono piaciuti i personaggi, l'approfondimento psicologico, la loro umanità. L'ispettore con la sua solitudine e la sua acuta intelligenza. La disperata determinazione del killer. Tutti i tasselli si ricompongono lentamente e con maestria. Una scrittura fluida, precisa, scorrevole e a tratti poetica. Autore bravissimo!

  • Louise
    2019-02-25 03:40

    This is a quick reading mystery taking place in Naples. The setting with a few tweaks could very well be NYC, Chicago or London.Once de Giovanni puts you on to the connections, you can profile the "crocodile" before Officer Lojacono does. It still holds your interest because once you know, you need to know how it concludes.I liked how the short chapters devoted to the different characters defined them.Mystery is not my genre, so I don't know how this stacks up.

  • Eva
    2019-03-22 02:52

    Εξιρετικά μετρημένο στο ρυθμό -όταν πρέπει γρήγορος, εκεί που χρειάζεται αργός-, στις πληροφορίες - λίγα λίγα τα κομμάτια του παζλ μέχρι στο τέλος όλοι μαζί να συνθέσουν την εικόνα-, στους χαρακτήρες -μαθαίνεις ό,τι χρειάζεται για να νοιαστείς χωρίς συναισθηματισμούς και φλυαρίες. Δεν χαρίζεται σε κανέναν, και κυρίως σ'εσένα τον αναγνώστη. Κάθε Ευρωπαϊκό νουάρ και μια προσθήκη στη λίστα με τα μέρη που θέλω να επισκεφτώ.

  • Patty
    2019-03-05 23:44

    L'ho letto tutto di un fiato e mi è piciuto tantoHo apprezzato la scrittura fluida e serrata che mi ha letteralmente inchiodata al libro. Notevole la capacità di delineare i personaggi rendendoli carne e sangue, reali e profondi.Sorprendente il finale.Contentissima di aver letto De Giovanni e adesso credo proprio che non lo mollerò facilmente

  • Maria
    2019-03-06 23:47

    si, tres días he tardado en leerlo. Es corto y adictivo, triste y mórbido a ratos, no da tregua para salir de un relato fatalista. Los personajes son geniales, reales, patéticos, ya estoy deseando un segundo caso de Locajono, un detective "a la Vargas" que dará mucho de si.

  • Dolceluna
    2019-03-13 06:34

    Ero davvero curiosissima di leggerlo, "Il metodo del coccodrillo": mi sono precipitata a comprarlo a pochi giorni dalla sua uscita, l'ho tenuto per qualche giorni sulla scrivania imponendomi di aspettare a divorarlo (ebbene sì, ero convinta che l'avrei divorato e non mi sbagliavo) e poi ho ceduto. E, in viaggio verso il Salone del Libro di Torino 2012, sul treno, nell'attesa di incontrare Maurizio de Giovanni, mi sono immersa nelle sua pagine. E, ora che l'ho terminato e che ogni volta che lo apro leggo la dedica che De Giovanni mi ha fatto, beh, sono convinta che sia uno dei libri-gioiello più preziosi che custodisca. Ricordavo, per averlo sentito durante la presentazione di un suo precedente romanzo, "Per mano mia", che l'autore aveva una predilezione per le ambientazioni negli anni '30, quando ancora non esistevano indagini basate su tracce, impronte, verbali e quindi, questa trama mi suonava del tutto nuova. Contrariamente ai precedenti romanzi, infatti, qui non siamo nella Napoli anni '30 bensì nella Napoli dei giorni nostri, una grande massa anonima e indifferente, una città dove ognuno, per paura di accollarsi problemi altrui, tace e si fa i fatti suoi; e, al posto di Luigi Ricciardi e del suo "fatto", abbiamo Giuseppe Lojacono, misteroso detective trasferito a Napoli dalla Sicilia dove è stato accusato di aver passato informazioni alla mafia (è vero? Non lo sapremo mai). Su questo sfondo nero e attuale compare un metodico killer di adolescenti, soprannominato dalla stampa "Il coccodrillo" perchè, accanto a ogni luogo del delitto, vegono rivenuti dei fazzoletti di carta, segno che, dopo il fattaccio, il killer piange. O così sembrerebbe. Insomma, rispetto ai romanzi precedenti, cambiano il contesto, il tempo e i personaggi. Ma lui, Maurizio de Giovanni, non cambia mai. E anche stavolta mi ha regalato un romanzo straordinario, segno del suo grande, grandissimo talento. Perchè quando Maurizio scrive, non ce n'è per nessuno. Perchè Maurizio, con la penna, fa davvero magie. Perchè senti subito di voler bene ai suoi personaggi, così veri, così umani. Perchè la sua scrittura e le sue storie sanno toccare le corde più profonde dell'animo umano. Forse in questo romanzo più che negli altri ho percepito infatti quell'immenso peso del dolore, della sofferenza, della solitudine, della fame d'amore che accomuna tutti i personaggi, maggiori e minori, vittime e assassino: tutti fanno parte di quell'umanità così sola e desolata alla quale tutti apparteniamo, sono parte di un tutt'uno, sono sullo stesso livello. Solo che questa stessa fame d'amore spinge qualcuno a cercare una vendetta personale, scacciando il male con altro male. Ed ecco quindi il Coccodrillo, che non avrà pietà per nessuno, nemmeno per se stesso. Emozioni intense, una prosa perfetta e una scrittura a tratti colorata e a tratti lirica. Il solo un dispiacere quando si arriva alla fine di un libro del genere è il pensiero stesso di averlo finito.

  • laBalza
    2019-02-28 01:36

    Un assassino che aspetta pazientemente nell’ombra le sue vittime, tutte adolescenti e apparentemente senza legami tra loro. Un assassino invisibile, che uccide con metodo senza essere un professionista e che lascia dietro di sé solo bossoli e fazzoletti pieni di lacrime. Tre distretti di polizia brancolano nel buio: classificarli come delitti di camorra sembrerebbe la soluzione più comoda e facile, ma per individuare il vero movente bisognerà attendere l’intervento forzato di un ispettore trasferito da poco. Una storia avvincente, strutturata in capitoli brevi che mantengono alta la tensione e al tempo stesso descrivono perfettamente i drammi dei personaggi e le storie che li hanno preceduti e segnati. Anche senza Ricciardi, de Giovanni si conferma un grande scrittore e sicuramente uno dei miei preferiti.

  • Chicca Palmentieri
    2019-03-13 06:41

    Una Napoli cupa fa da sfondo alla vita dell’ispettore Lojacono in questa sua prima indagine in terra partenopea. Giuseppe è un uomo triste ma profondamente intelligente, una figura solitaria che fin da subito mi ha affascinata.La storia percorre la vita di più personaggi, viviamo attimi di aspettativa assieme ai ragazzi assassinati e viviamo istanti di profonda tragedia assieme all’assassino; il tutto con un’empatia unica.I fili tracciati dall’autore si rincongiungono in maniera magistrale e tutte le tessere vanno al posto giusto fino all’epilogo finale che lascerà il lettore a bocca aperta per quanto è accaduto a tutti i personaggi del romanzo.De Giovanni ancora una volta mi ha incantata con la sua scrittura incisiva, regalando a noi adoranti lettori un personaggio sopra le righe, con un acume fine e una storia tragica alle spalle che al momento ci fa dubitare ancora di lui.

  • Deb
    2019-03-02 22:36

    A page turner and nail biter. This book would make a great movie. Random people are being murdered. Is there a connection to why these different people are being killed? Lojacono' s first case. Due to circumstances beyond his control he was wrongfully found guilty of working with the mafia. His wife took their daughter and left him. He was transferred to this new precinct. This case baffles him from the start; however, in his own way he figures out the connection to the murders and then finds the killer.

  • David C Ward
    2019-03-24 22:35

    A rare thing: a genuinely chilling murder hunt whose ending refuses to be sentimental. The multiple plot perspectives allow de Giovanni to do something very clever with the time frames so that the layers of past and present only merge as the investigators figure it out. (Especially chilling is the unspoken double role of the gynecologist: first as abortionist and then as a fertility doctor - a doubling that creates two victims and completes the circularity of the plot.)As with his other series, de Giovanni creates an attractive loner/outcast as his cop - again with two women after him.