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The Puppeteer

Timothy Williams

ISBN: 9781616954628

Published: November, 2014

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Northern Italy, 1982: Inspector Piero Trotti is enjoying his breakfast at a café when gunmen drive up and shoot the man sitting at the next table. Was Trotti their intended target? He isn’t sure. The case falls under the jurisdiction of the local Carabinieri, but Trotti decides to make his own inquiries.

The Puppeteer is th...

Northern Italy, 1982: Inspector Piero Trotti is enjoying his breakfast at a café when gunmen drive up and shoot the man sitting at the next table. Was Trotti their intended target? He isn’t sure. The case falls under the jurisdiction of the local Carabinieri, but Trotti decides to make his own inquiries.

The Puppeteer is the follow-up to CWA award-winner Timothy Williams’s dazzling crime fiction debut, Converging Parallels. This tautly written novel brings us to the depths of a corrupt, scheming Italian society in which bank officials, clergymen, masons, lawyers, and, of course, politicians are all suspect of resorting to criminal activity for personal gain. Only the police are presumed trustworthy, and even they are sorely divided by departmental rivalries and jealousies.

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“The dialogue is a joy . . . [a] taut, ingenious novel. Long live Trotti.”
—Financial Times
“Commissario Trotti is clever and tough ... His investigation is fascinating to an American reader because it offers insights into the Italian power structure, which is far more interesting than it is stable. ”
—Newsday
“A reader has to be quick on his mental feet to follow Williams through [The Puppeteer], but the reading is worth the challenge. ”
—Charlaine Harris
“A fine novel for those seeking something a little out of the ordinary ... a phlegmatic, intellectual detective, and a North Italian milieu flavored with oregano, olive oil, left-wing polities and crime ... The plotting is crisp and the details pungent. ”
—Chicago Sun-Times
“Trotti, whose patch is an unnamed small town in northern Italy, is dogged, cynical, and worries about his wife and anorexic daughter. But above all, he’s honest in a society and political system in which corruption flourishes.”
–The Sunday Times