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Il caso bramard (Bramard's Case)

Il caso bramard (Bramard's Case) Davide Longo
Pub date 31st May 2014
Original publisher Feltrinelli (Italy)
International publishers Rowohlt (Germany)
Publisher (UK) Maclehose Press (WEL)

A masterpiece of Italian noir…

Once a year, Corso Bramard receives a message from the man who destroyed his life.  He left the police after a serial killer he was tracking murdered his wife and daughter, but fifteen years later is stall taunted by his old adversary.  Mocking letters arrive at his home outside Turin, always from a different country, always typed on the same 1972 Olivetti.  But this time the killer may have gone too far.   A hair left in the envelope of his latest letter provides a vital clue.  Bramard is a teacher now – no gun, no badge, just a score to settle.  Isa, an academy graduate whose talent just about outweighs her attitude, is assigned to fight his corner.  They’re a mismatched team, but if they work together they have a chance to unmask the killer before he strikes again – and to uncover a devastating secret that will cut Corso Bramard to the bone.

 

Praise for Bramard’s Case

‘Much more than a thriller, but never less … Davide Longo proves once again with Bramard’s Case that he is currently one of the most exciting Italian authors.’ – Jutta Person, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bramard’s Case is an excellent read: a sophisticated, introspective, complex noir … The setting is dark, and there’s a Piedmontese chill that casts a bluish shadow over everything … The plot is elaborate and some elements remain a mystery – for, as Longo seems to say, it is not only impossible to know everything, but, deep down, it is not even really desirable.’ – Giovanni Dozzini, Europa Quotidiano

‘In short, gripping chapters, Davide Longo unfolds the story of the ex-superintendent and plays skilfully with the basic structure of the thriller.’ – Maike Albath, Die Welt

‘Davide Longo writes with an old-fashioned elegance … in the way he describes places (above all the hills and mountains), people (and their emotions) and in the way he can hold the reader’s attention, not through twists and turns but simply telling a good story.’ – Giovanni Ziccardi, Il Fatto Quotidiano

‘Hypnotic in its gentle rhythm, it draws the reader in, beguiles him, and drags him along with it right to the very end.’ – Valentina Moretto, Gli Amanti Dei Libri

‘An outstanding novel.’ – Franz Haas, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

‘Sparsely written … but populated with lively characters, this novel is a credit to Longo and translator Silvester Mazzarella. Longo relies on topography, real sites and places and vividly drawn characters to make this book whole and worthy of a successor in English.’ – Judith Sullivan, Shots

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