General Fiction

A cantare fu il cane

(The Dog Was the Snitch)

Garzanti, February 2017, pp.432

2 editions in 2 weeks

Small town mysteries and intrigues, troubled carabinieri and gossip spreading out of control like the waves on the lake, inebriated and hungry for any new information.

In 1937 a quiet summer in Bellano is disturbed by a woman screaming: Emerita Diachini married Panicarli thinks there could be a burglar, of whom she has only seen the shadow, in the street she lives in. The night patrol does in fact stop a well-known crook nearby, who had been arrested then released in the past for a few misdemeanors. Who else could the thief be if not him? The Officer is not convinced however, especially since there is no evidence against him. An investigation is open, starting from the house of Mrs Emerita. The Officer first meets her dog, an aggressive, yappy mongrel, constantly growling and attacking the calves of those who come near the house. It seems however that the dog did not bark on the one night it would have been normal for him to do so. And this odd exception is what sets the story in motion.

Garzanti, February 2017, pp.432

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Andrea Vitali

Andrea Vitali was born in 1956 on the eastern shore of Lake Como, where he still lives and works as a medical doctor. He started writing novels in 1989 and since then has kept up his prolific career by accumulating a series of literary prizes. A success that’s lasted 15 years, made up exclusively of bestsellers, first places in the charts, prizes, and ecstatic reviews from the press and critics. More than 3,500,000 readers in Italy alone.

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