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Almost Blue

(2001)
(The first book in the Inspector Negro series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Dagger Awards Best Novel (nominee)
An exquisitely plotted and unique psychological thriller. The author narrates through the eyes of the protagonists, placing the reader right in the action. You will only be needing the very edge of your seat on which to read this fast-paced thriller. A serial killer is terrorising the students of Bologna. Rookie female detective Grazia Negro is determined to solve the case. Only one witness can positively identify the killer... and he's blind. Simone spends his days in solitude, listening to Elvis Costello's Almost Blue and scanning the radio waves of the city to eavesdrop on other people's lives. He likes to imagine what people are like - based on the tone and 'colour' of their voice - and his acute hearing sets alarm bells ringing upon hearing the voice of the killer. The perspective alternates between the vulnerable and reclusive Simone and the dark and psychotic killer, obsessed with continually 'reincarnating' himself as his latest victim in a frantic bid to escape the torture of his inner demons. Lucarelli paints his villain in a brilliant and yet terrifying light and you will have to stop yourself from screaming out to Grazia and Simone to warn them of the looming danger.

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Paperback Editions

August 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Almost Blue
Author(s): Carlo Lucarelli
ISBN: 0-09-945943-4 / 978-0-09-945943-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Almost Blue
Author(s): Carlo Lucarelli
ISBN: 1-84343-086-X / 978-1-84343-086-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


1889 : USA Paperback
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Title: Almost Blue (City Lights Italian Voices)
Author(s): Carlo Lucarelli
ISBN: 0-87286-389-1 / 978-0-87286-389-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
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Audio Editions

December 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Almost Blue
Author(s): Carlo Lucarelli
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon   


December 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Almost Blue
Author(s): Carlo Lucarelli
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2004 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Almost Blue
Author(s): Carlo Lucarelli
ISBN: 0-7531-2009-7 / 978-0-7531-2009-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon CA   



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