Publication Date: Available Now from Scribe
Source: Review Copy
When the family of Micky Proietti, a top television executive, goes missing, Leone Scamarcio is called to investigate. Everyone, it seems — from Premier League footballers to jilted starlets and cabinet ministers — has an axe to grind with Proietti. What starts out as an investigation into his countless affairs soon becomes an inquiry into how Proietti does business and the people he has discarded along the way. Finally, Proietti’s finances attract Scamarcio’s attention, and he discovers that the drama commissioner has been granting favours to some very shadowy sponsors.
Like a swimmer trying to escape a riptide, Scamarcio comes to realise that this new inquiry threatens to bring him head to head with his father’s old lieutenant, Piero Piocosta. If he’s to survive in the police force, Scamarcio knows that he must find a way to get Piocosta off his back, once and for all. And find it quickly.
The Hit is an intriguing read – admittedly I have not read the previous books in this series so it is my first experience of the main character Leone Scamarcio, who I found to be a compelling protagonist – and the scene setting in The Hit is brilliant, a kind of road trip around Rome a place I’d love to visit.
I liked the multiple layers in this – family, a grim past, whilst I am not usually a fan of books involving the Mafia or organised crime so much I was enveloped into this one almost immediately. It was complex and gripping, with a good twisty narrative that kept you reading long after you mean to put it down, as a first foray into the writing of Nadia Dalbuono it worked for me really well.
The writing is fantastic, beautifully constructed, it is both character study and rollicking mystery with some thrills thrown in, but it is a considered and clever plot that opens things up for future novels in a way that makes you want more immediately. I’m looking forward to the time I can rejoin this cast in the city of Rome and see how things develop…
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