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Root of All Evil (Hardcover) (Roberto Costantini)

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Brash Roman police detective Michele Balistreri grew up in Tripoli in the 1960s, when post-colonial Libya fell prey to the sprawling greed of the West. Young Michele, prone to using his fists instead of his intellect, needs little encouragement to join a gang of Fascistic youth. When he suffers a succession of personal blows--the death of his mother, an unspeakable horror that befell his best friend's family, and the shame of his father's role in Gaddafi's ascendance to power--he enters into a youthful blood pact that will corrupt the course of his future.
Two decades later, a dissolute Commissario Balistreri, now living in Rome, escapes his regrets through sex, alcohol, and gambling. His sole responsibilities are now a half-hearted investigation into the death of a South American student and a tiresome obligation--provided in gratitude to the man who saved his career when Balistreri was doing his best to sabotage it--to protect Claudia Teodori, a television starlet, from the many pitfalls of fame.
As the risks to Claudia begin to mount along with her growing reputation as a star, the sorrows of Balistreri's past begin to intrude into the present. Soon, their fates are inextricably linked, and this driven, obsessive young woman must help this damaged detective fight a foe that has become obsessed with her and refuses to forget him.
We first meet the brash Roman police detective Michele Balistreri in The Deliverance of Evil, which Jeffery Deaver raved is "a nonstop thriller that drives readers relentlessly from the first page to the last" and Publishers Weekly called "a politically charged, Machiavellian tale of fiendish complexity." In The Root of All Evil we go back to the 1960s, when post-colonial Libya fell prey to the sprawling greed of the West, where the young Michele suffered a succession of personal blows that would scar him for life. The death of his mother; the unspeakable horror that befell his best friend's family; his father's role in Gaddafi's ascendance to power; and the innocent blood pact that would corrupt the course of his future.

Two decades later, a run-down Commissario Balistreri, now living in Rome, escapes his regrets through sex, alcohol and gambling. His sole responsibilities are now a stilted investigation into the death of a South American student, and a tiresome obligation--in gratitude to the man who saved his career--to a television starlet needing protection from the pitfalls of fame.

As the risks to this girl, Claudia Teodori, begin to rise along with her reputation, the sorrows of Balistreri's past also start to push back into his present. Both of their fates are inextricably linked, and this driven, obsessive young woman must help this damaged detective fight a foe that follows her and refuses to forget him.
Number of Pages: 610
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Quercus
Author: Roberto Costantini
Language: English
Street Date: January 5, 2016
TCIN: 16787402
UPC: 9781623658816
Item Number (DPCI): 247-40-0662
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