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The Marshal's Own Case

(1990)
(The seventh book in the Marshal Guarnaccia series)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
The lore and mystique of male transvestite lifestyles in Florence--wigs, silicone implants, makeup, gowns and, notably, confusions of gender in ''a culture dominated by men''--provide the interest in this competent mystery by the author of The Marshal and the Madwoman. As the novel opens, home-loving Marshal Guarnaccia, wife Teresa and small sons Toto and Giovanni, shopping for school supplies, rescue a lost child. Next, elderly Signora Fossi reports her missing adult son. Before long, grisly remains of the corpse of ''Lulu'' are found on a grassy riverbank. The Marshal takes the case that no one wants, a situation underscoring the novel's theme of unloved and troubled children. When Totoo is caught shoplifting a sweater, the problem of discontented youth hits close to the Guarnaccia home. Police interviews with men calling themselves Carla and Peppina afford sociological insights in a tale that proves more sobering than entertaining.

Library Journal
Marshal Salva Guarnaccia, featured in six previous outings, finds himself saddled with the case of a beautiful (until murdered and dismembered) transsexual prostitute. At first embarrassed and dismayed, the marshal nonetheless plods into the nether world of Florence to question Lulu's many enemies. His search finally centers on a mysterious ''patron'' of Lulu, nicknamed Nanny. Back home, meanwhile, troubles brew with the marshal's two young sons. Nabb offers a distinctly foreign flavor, approachable protagonist, and offbeat list of coloful characters. Recommended for most collections.

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Hardback Editions

December 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: Marshal's Own Case (Atlantic Large Print Books)
Author(s): Magdalen Nabb
ISBN: 0-7451-9921-6 / 978-0-7451-9921-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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July 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Marshal's Own Case
Author(s): Magdalen Nabb
ISBN: 0-684-19201-2 / 978-0-684-19201-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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February 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Marshal's Own Case
Author(s): Magdalen Nabb
ISBN: 0-00-232217-X / 978-0-00-232217-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Paperback Editions

September 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Marshal's Own Case (A Florentine Mystery)
Author(s): Magdalen Nabb
ISBN: 1-56947-531-8 / 978-1-56947-531-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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March 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marshal's Own Case (Atlantic Large Print Series)
Author(s): Magdalen Nabb
ISBN: 0-7927-0372-3 / 978-0-7927-0372-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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July 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Marshal's Own Case
Author(s): Nabb Magdalen
ISBN: 0-14-014323-8 / 978-0-14-014323-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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July 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Marshal's Own Case (Crime club)
Author(s): Magdalen Nabb
ISBN: 0-00-647072-6 / 978-0-00-647072-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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June 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Marshal's Own Case (Atlantic Large Print Books)
Author(s): Magdalen Nabb
ISBN: 0-7451-9933-X / 978-0-7451-9933-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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Kindle Editions

September 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Marshal's Own Case (A Florentine Mystery)
Author(s): Magdalen Nabb
Publisher: Soho Crime
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