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Published by Quercus, 3 October 2013. ISBN:
An Italian crane driver in the pay of the Camorra is winching one of
their ‘special’ containers onto a ship when his crane misfires and drops it on
the quay below, spilling out the bodies of worn out Chinese workers and a
number of black bags containing other victims of the Camorra.Among them are a mother and son, the
Forlanis.Assistant Public Prosecutor
Sabrina D’Avalos is given the investigation, and soon discovers there are links
between the Forlani family and the unexplained aspects of her father’s
assasination at the hands of the Camorra’s pet killer, Urs Savelli.
This book’s a winner on two
counts – the feel of a Scandinavian noir
with the enjoyment of a well-realised Italian background.The book was inspired by a real-life account
of the Camorra, one of Italy’s
powerful secret societies. The action is constant, the sinister Camorra an
ever-present adversary, and the ending satisfying, though more violent than I
expected.Sabrina is generally a
likeable heroine, though more rash than is always plausible, and her
alliance-shifting colleagues are well-drawn.
A fast-moving thriller set in
an interesting background.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
Steffen Jacobsenis an
orthopaedic surgeon and consultant. This is his third novel. He was inspired to
write When The Dead Awaken by Roberto Saviano’s non-fiction book Gomorrah,
about the Camorra and by his travels around Italy. When The Dead Awaken is perfect
for fans of The Killing, The Wire and The Godfather. Jacobsen’s bestseller
Trophy has been number one in the Danish bestseller chart. He lives in Denmark
with his wife and children.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.