An exciting and disturbing thriller, built with great narrative wisdom. Sometimes the reader has the feeling that he has understood what is happening and who could be the culprits, but then there is immediately an element that displaces. Let’s talk about “The condemnation of the living” (Longanesi) from Marco De Franchi who worked extensively in the judicial police and in the SCO. The protagonist is Valentina Medici, a young commissioner of the Central Operational Service who is managing her first important investigation. A boy seems to have escaped from the clutches of a pedophile, another disappears and the disturbing detail is that the two look alike like drops of water. This is just the beginning of a very intricate story. In the investigation, Valentina will be helped by the assistant commissioner Fabio Costa, who in the past had received very heavy accusations, but also by an art critic because the work of Caravaggio plays a fundamental role in the whole affair.
And in the second part we talk about “The girl who erased memories” from Chiara Moscardelli (Einaudi). The irony that mixes with mystery and yellow is the characteristic of the narrative of Chiara Moscardelli, who had her debut with “I wanted to be a dead cat”. She then went on to alternate autofiction with ironic detective stories, such as those starring Teresa Papavero. In this novel the protagonist is Olga, a tattoo artist who begins to investigate the disappearance of one of her clients. Her investigative spirit does not arise from nothing, but is the consequence of the physical and psychological training to which she had subjected her, among many mysteries, her father.