In this thrilling series debut set in the Italian Alps, an instinct-driven detective won't let her aging body and mind prevent her from tracking a brutal killer.
Superintendent Teresa Battaglia has fought for nearly four decades to earn rank and respect on a testosterone-heavy Italian police force. When she’s called to investi...
In this thrilling series debut set in the Italian Alps, an instinct-driven detective won’t let her aging body and mind prevent her from tracking a brutal killer.
Superintendent Teresa Battaglia has fought for nearly four decades to earn rank and respect on a testosterone-heavy Italian police force. When she’s called to investigate a gruesome murder near a mountainside town, she’s paired with a young male inspector she’s not sure she trusts. But she has no choice—in this remote town full of secrets, eerie folktales and primal instincts, the killer seems drawn to a group of local children, who may be in grave danger.
As Teresa inches closer to the truth, she must confront the possibility that her faculties, no longer what they once were, 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.”
“The most highly anticipated noir debut of 2018 . . . set in the chill of the Dolomites and that of the soul.”
“One of the best parts of Flowers over the Inferno is the older, gruff superintendent Teresa Battaglia. She is out of shape, diabetic and busy fighting the early stages of Alzheimer's disease—on top of handling a complex case. We sympathize with Battaglia quite naturally, and it's nice to see a cop who isn't slim and sexy chasing after serial killers.”
“Reading Ilaria Tuti's spellbinding debut mystery was a breath of fresh air . . . Everything about Flowers Over the Inferno is unique, strange, different, and special. It is the perfect example of how an aspiring author's debut novel should be written . . . A novel so bizarre that it makes me wonder if she is a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe.”