Cast A Deadly Shadow by Roger Granelli
From the author of gripping Italian crime dramas Still Waters, Tough Love and Under the Wide Palermo Sky.
12th December 2019
With Cast A Deadly Shadow Roger Granelli has followed his exciting series of Palermo Stories with a full-length novel that is a fast-moving tale of murder, betrayal and lust.
Cast A Deadly Shadow is a vibrant, fast-moving tale of murder, lust, and betrayal, as Inspector Carlo Carpanini and Sergeant Leo Bracchi continue their never-ending fight against the Mafia Dons of Palermo.
Carlo and Leo have managed to capture Bardolini, a leading Mafiosi and psychopathic killer who has been a long-time target. They are bringing him back from Milan to Palermo by train but things go badly wrong. Two other Mafia hit men attempt to free Bardolini, which leads to a bloody confrontation in the railway carriage. Carlo and Leo survive but this sets off a dramatic chain of events and all manner of criminals with their own agenda want to get involved, and none of them can be trusted.
To make matters worse, Leo’s partner Sylvia is kidnapped by one of Bardolini’s henchmen, causing Leo a terrible dilemma of having to choose between duty and the need to save the love of his life. In the midst of all this Carlo and Leo also have to deal with a major raid on a Palermo bank, carried out by the Camorra mafia from Naples who are trying to muscle in on their long-established Sicilian counterparts.
All roads eventually lead to the Villa Moretti, where Sylvia is being held. Carlo and Leo are in their tightest spot ever as they try to save her, whilst being threatened by three different mafia entities, all trying to gain the bloody upper hand over each other and the police in an explosive final climax.
This is the my first audiobook review, although I have been an audiobook fan for many years.
I find with audibooks the narrator is just as important as the plot. Andrew Wincott is fantastic and leads you into a captivating tale written by Roger Granelli of gangsters and mafia.
I felt the story/prose was well written and flowed seamlessly. The characters were well developed and believable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and would love to listen to more by Roger in the future. I would also listen to Andrew again.
I highly recommend this audiobook!