Book Review: “Death in the Dolomites” by David P. WagnerNovember 4, 2014 at 6:51 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
From the back cover: Rick Montoya is looking forward to a break from his translation business in Rome—a week of skiing in the Italian Alps with old college buddy Flavio. But Rick’s success helping the Italian police with a murder in Tuscany sends the Campiglio cops his way. An American banker working in Milano is missing. The man’s sister, an attractive and spoiled divorcée, has no idea where he could be, nor do the locals who saw him on his way to the slopes. With the discovery of a body, Rick and Inspector Albani widen their list of suspects. Picturesque resort Campiglio harbors old rivalries, citizens on the make, and a cut-throat political campaign. Why would these local issues, any of them, connect to the missing banker?
The investigation doesn’t keep Rick and Flavio from enjoying perfect ski conditions in the Dolomites and glorious after-ski wines and bowls of fresh pasta. As for women—Rick has to wonder if the banker’s sister is just hitting him up for information. The action heats up, testing laid-back Rick whose uncle, a Roman cop, keeps urging him to make the police his career.
As in Cold Tuscan Stone, Death in the Dolomites immerses us in the sights, smells and tastes of Italy, this time in a picture-perfect Alpine town with a surprising negative side.
The cover is the first thing that draws you in to this story. I don’t usually mention covers but this one is just too spectacular for words. It is a picture of Campiglio where the story takes place. I haven’t even opened the book yet and I am already there. That is the beauty of this book not only are we out to solve a murder, which I am pretty sure you won’t be able to do, but we are on a tourist holiday in this stunningly beautiful town. Murders happen everywhere and there are investigators in Greece, France and England however I have never found an investigator in Italy. Rick Montoya is the first one and he is very good at it. Danger, mayhem, thrills and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. There are fascinating characters that seem very real and a killer that seems impossible to discover. “Death in the Dolomites” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. Wagner has provided us with a fairly exciting book.
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