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Mitten im August

In the Middle of August

A Capri Crime Novel
Published by Diogenes as Mitten im August
Original Title: Mitten im August. A Capri Crime Novel

Murder on the most beautiful island in the world.

The Gulf of Naples is a test laboratory in times of climate change – and the setting of this highly topical crime novel.

Tense thrills in front of a beautiful backdrop: young policeman Enrico Rizzi investigates in the new Capri series.

Enrico Rizzi, a policeman on the island of Capri, usually deals with minor crimes. His quiet job means he can help his father in his fruit and vegetable garden above the Gulf of Naples. Until, in the middle of August, a rowing boat washes up on the rocky beach, containing a dead man – Jack Milani, an oceanography student and the son of a major industrialist family. It’s the first murder case for Rizzi, a case where the very future of the seven seas is at stake.

Enrico Rizzi: the young police officer who wants to stay true to his island.
Antonia Cirillo: his colleague transferred from northern Italy for disciplinary reasons, a woman with a secret.
Ispettore Lombardi: their boss, whose favourite office activity is enjoying the view of the Gulf of Naples.
Commissario Serra: the senior officer who makes Enrico Rizzi an alluring offer.
Gina: the woman by Enrico Rizzi’s side, who is trying to forget her terrible past.
Vito and Marta Rizzi: Enrico Rizzi’s parents, who tend their giardino with great love and make the very best peperonata.
 


Crime fiction, General Fiction
336 pages
2020

978-3-257-30076-5

World rights are handled by Diogenes

Film rights are handled by Diogenes

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»Respite for the troubled mind.«

ORF, Vienna

»Luca Ventura’s Capri crime novel is the start of an atmospheric series which promises everything that Italy has to offer.«

Barbara Hoppe / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt

»The author Luca Ventura skilfully combines tension with Italian flair. Pure pleasure.«

Gala, Hamburg

»Ventura fills this opening title with so much material and so many characters that continuing the series will be a breeze.«

Münchner Merkur, Munich

»This is the opening act to a promising new crimes series, whose protagonists have a fair few secrets still hidden.«

Christina Mondolfo & Mathias Ziegler / Wiener Zeitung, Vienna

»Reading it made me want to go straight to Capri.«

Petra Hartlieb / ORF-Magazin, Vienna

»A very promising start to a new crime series – and a trip to one of the most beautiful islands in Europe.«

Münchner Merkur, Munich

»Ideal for anybody who likes their crime thrilling but not too bloody.«

Regula Tanner / Schweizer Familie, Zurich

»Respite for the troubled mind.«

ORF, Vienna

»Luca Ventura’s Capri crime novel is the start of an atmospheric series which promises everything that Italy has to offer.«

Barbara Hoppe / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt

»The author Luca Ventura skilfully combines tension with Italian flair. Pure pleasure.«

Gala, Hamburg

»Ventura fills this opening title with so much material and so many characters that continuing the series will be a breeze.«

Münchner Merkur, Munich

»This is the opening act to a promising new crimes series, whose protagonists have a fair few secrets still hidden.«

Christina Mondolfo & Mathias Ziegler / Wiener Zeitung, Vienna

»Reading it made me want to go straight to Capri.«

Petra Hartlieb / ORF-Magazin, Vienna

»A very promising start to a new crime series – and a trip to one of the most beautiful islands in Europe.«

Münchner Merkur, Munich

»Ideal for anybody who likes their crime thrilling but not too bloody.«

Regula Tanner / Schweizer Familie, Zurich
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