Hired to discover the truth about the disappearance of Sir Alfred Ainsley's son, teacher January Esposito becomes caught up in a web of racial attacks, terrorist bombings, drug dealing, art scams, and murder that has its roots fifty years in the past.
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PRAISE FOR GREGORY DOWLING:
"In this lively and colorful tale, Dowling, along with creating a most engaging protagonist, describes Naples with a loving eye." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
'Pink Pantherish in parts, skewering Neapolitans, stuffy Brits, pomposities of every persuasion. But, all in all, a curious mix resulting in a cozy thriller--with irrepressible high spirits, and nifty, non-routine plotting.' KIRKUS REVIEWS
'Poised on the edge of parody, this delightful first novel manages to ridicule the clichés of espionage fiction even as it takes the genre through some imaginative new turns... Whether it's read for laughs or suspense, Double Take is a sardonic, civilized and entertaining little novel.' THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.
'Deft and rollicking... a sizzling skyrocket of a thriller.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
'A cheerful, literate, often funny send-up of the spy-story genre.' KIRKUS
While teaching English language in Verona, Italy, young January Esposito is persuaded by his slick half-brother Luigi to search for the missing son of the wealthy Sir Alfred Ainsley. Esposito, an indifferent teacher, is an equally unlikely sleuth. That, combined with Luigi's skewed cockney speech ("'This is Jan, me bruvver'") and an unremittingly flip, quickly wearisome, tone mar this third in a series, following Every Picture Tells a Story. Sir Alfred's son Piers, traveling in Italy with the lovely, long-legged Rita, was last seen talking to a drug dealer who was then murdered in the quaint village of San Giorgio Veronese. Esposito finds himself involved in a case that reaches back to the death of a WWII partisan hero and a lost silver statue dating from the Middle Ages. Dowling knows Italy and its history, but in this tale he deals less authoritatively with issues of plotting and finer points of characterization.
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Descrizione libro St Martins Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0312110359