These Dark Things by Jan Merete Weiss

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When a beautiful college student is found murdered in the catacombs beneath a monastary, Captain Natalia Monte of the Carabinieri is assigned to investigate. Could the killer be a professor the student had been sleeping with? A blind monk who loved her? Or perhaps a member of the brutal Napali criminal organization, the Camorra? As Natalia pursues her investigation, the crime families of Naples go to war over garbage-hauling contracts; and all across the city heaps of trash pile up, uncollected. When one of Natalia's childhood friends is caught up in the violence, her loyalties are tested, and each move she makes threatens her own life and the lives of those she loves.

“When Jan Merete Weiss's Captain Natalia Monte investigates the murder of a beautiful young university student, she must thread an uneasy path between childhood loyalties, religious superstition, corrupt officials, growing piles of garbage, and warring factions of an entrenched Camorra.  Weiss has done her homework, walked the pestilent streets, prowled the catacombs below the city, and created a thoroughly human woman who will do what she must to protect her part of a city that both enchants and infuriates her.” —Margaret Maron, author of the Judge Deborah Knott series
 

About Jan Merete Weiss

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Jan Merete Weiss grew up in Puerto Rico. She studied poetry and painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and received a Master's degree from NYU. Her poems have appeared in various literary magazines. She lives in New York and lectures at Lehman College.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by Soho Crime. 225 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Natalia is a formidable character with just the right amount of flaws to keep her human rather than the preposterous superhuman detectives we sometimes come across in crime novels.

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Natalia is a formidable character with just the right amount of flaws to keep her human rather than the preposterous superhuman detectives we sometimes come across in crime novels.

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Though this link provides her with any number of suspects, Natalia believes that the killer must have been someone close to Teresa … and someone with something to hide.These Dark Things is a spare book, spanning just over 200 pages, and a fine start to this series.

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