Flowers over the Inferno

Ilaria Tuti

ISBN: 9781641290685

Published: April, 2019

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Ilaria Tuti

Gemona del Friuli, Italy

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In a quiet village surrounded by ancient woods and the imposing Italian Alps, a man is found naked with his eyes gouged out. It is the first in a string of gruesome murders.

Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, a detective with a background in criminal profiling, is called to investigate. Battaglia is in her mid-sixties, her rank and exper...

In a quiet village surrounded by ancient woods and the imposing Italian Alps, a man is found naked with his eyes gouged out. It is the first in a string of gruesome murders.

Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, a detective with a background in criminal profiling, is called to investigate. Battaglia is in her mid-sixties, her rank and expertise hard-won from decades of battling for respect in the male-dominated Italian police force. While she’s not sure she trusts the young city inspector assigned to assist her, she sees right away that this is no ordinary case: buried deep in these mountains is a dark history that may endanger a group of eight-year-old children toward whom the killer seems to gravitate.

As Teresa inches closer to the truth, she must also confront the possibility that her body and mind, worn down by age and illness, may fail her before the chase is over.

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“Ilaria Tuti’s Flowers Over the Inferno is a stunning debut; a deliciously dark and action-packed thriller that is also deeply moving, even profound. With a heroine unlike any other and a beautifully crafted sense of place, Tuti’s gorgeous prose paints a compelling portrait of a small Alpine town’s secrets and the woman tasked with uncovering them. I loved this book.”
—Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of The Marsh King's Daughter
“Teresa Battaglia is one of the most interesting detectives to emerge in recent years; flawed but full of heart, sarcastic yet still commanding loyalty from her team. Flowers Over The Inferno is an astonishing debut.”
—M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show
“In Teresa Battaglia, Ilaria Tuti has created not only a protagonist, but a real, three-dimensional person who goes beyond the page.”
—Donato Carrisi, author of The Girl in the Fog
“Tuti has managed the near-impossible in creating a genuinely unique character in Teresa Battaglia. I was rooting for her from the start as she expertly steers a creepy murder investigation in an atmospheric Alpine setting.”
—Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill
“A thriller that enters into the corners of the soul, and introduces an author to watch.”
—Marie Claire (Italy)
“Ilaria Tuti's debut is a thriller, but through mystery and death, it speaks of life.”
—Vanity Fair (Italy)
“Tuti's thriller satisfies on multiple fronts . . . Battaglia’s armor, bolstered by the very physical and emotional problems that undermine it, occasionally cracks to reveal glimpses of humanity.”
—Wired (Italy)
“The most highly anticipated noir debut of 2018 . . . set in the chill of the Dolomites and that of the soul.”
—Repubblica