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Author: Timothy Williams Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Commissario Trotti Series Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781490662046
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TARGET CONSUMER: Crime fiction readers; Italophiles; readers of authors like Magdalen Nabb, Donna Leon, Andrea Camilleri and other writers who capture mid-20th century Italy in their works The fourth book in Timothy Williams's critically acclaimed Commissario Trotti series, originally published in the 1980s. When a brutally battered corpse with a disfigured face turns out to be an old friend of Commissario Trotti's, he joins the manhunt, despite objections from his superiors. Follows the $9.99 reissue of Converging Parallels. In 2011, Timothy Williams was selected by the UK's Observer as one of the top 10 modern European crime novelists because of his work on this long out-of-print series, which Soho is excited to bring back into print in this attractive new package. Commissario Trotti of Italy's Polizia di Stato is called to the scene of a brutal murder. Despite the badly disfigured face on the corpse, Trotti recognizes it as schoolteacher Rosanna Belloni, an old friend of . His superiors warn him off the case, but Trotti is determined to hunt down the killer. First he must find Rosanna's missing sister, a known drug addict. But the deeper he digs, the more questions he is forced to ask himself. Is a recent, unexplained suicide in the River Po connected with the murder? Where does the discovery of a car dredged up from the Delta fit in? Faced with a seemingly unsolvable mystery, Trotti must also grapple with obstructive colleagues and the problems arising in his private life. With its brilliantly realized Italian setting, subtle plotting and fine characterization, Black August is a must-have addition to Timothy Williams's critically acclaimed Trotti series. Praise for Black August "Trotti is a subtle and convincing creation; the other characters are portrayed with depth and sensitivity, and the Italian atmosphere is authentically beguiling. First-rate in every way." --The Times "[Williams's] simple but stylish dialogue-driven prose is convincingly Continental, his plotting impeccable." --Time Out "Williams writes like an angel. He does, but thank Beelzebub, it's a mongrel angel with a bit of fiend about him." --Oxford Times "Ingenious and evocative." --Literary Review Series Overview: Commissario Piero Trotti investigates crime in a small, unnamed city on the river Po in northern Italy. Set against the backdrop of the political unrest reshaping Italian cities after the "Italian miracle" of the mid-20th century, the Trotti novels capture a historical moment with grace, subtlety, and authenticity. Author Bio: CWA award-winning author Timothy Williams has written five crime novels set in Italy featuring Commissario Piero Trotti, as well as two mysteries set on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe (Another Sun and The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe). In 2011, the Observer placed him among the ten best modern European crime novelists. Born in London and educated at St. Andrews, Williams has taught at the universities of Poitiers in France, Bari and Pavia in Italy, and at Jassy in Romania. He has lived in the French West Indies, where he teaches, since 1980. Publicity and Marketing Book reviews and crime columns, general interest magazines, mystery pub and sites. Consumer Facing Digital Advertisement: Litbreaker, Outbrain, AdWords and Goodreads. Bookstore and library downloadable excerpt. Email Marketing: Solicitation and outreach via our Library, Lit Blogger & General interest lists. Social Media outreach via Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Trotti is a subtle and convincing creation; the other characters are portrayed with depth and sensitivity, and the Italian atmosphere is authentically beguiling. First-rate in every way.”

    Times (London)

  • “Commissario Trotti is clever and tough…His investigation is fascinating to an American reader because it offers insights into the Italian power structure, which is far more interesting than it is stable.”

    Newsday (Long Island, NY), praise for the series 

  • “Williams has a gift for creating characters that stick with you long after you have put the book down…Add to that gift for recreating the hazy tensions of a small Italian city baking in the summer sun, and you begin to appreciate why so many critics find his novels gripping reads.”

    Western Mail

  • “Williams creates a highly convincing Italian background and is superb at giving his characters oblique dialogue.”

    Scotsman

  • “Trotti himself is perversely lovable; totally dedicated but not without dark, self-deprecating humor.”

    Booklist

  • “Ingenious and evocative.”

    Literary Review

  • “Fans of dark-edged, politically textured Euro-mystery will want to keep track of Trotti’s adventures.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds deftly captures the taciturn, prickly Commissario Piero Trotti, who likes nothing better than fighting crime in Pavia, Lombardy, and enjoying an endless supply of boiled sweets…In addition to Trotti, Reynolds spiritedly portrays a huge cast of suspects and police with countless melodious Italian voices and accents. Trotti’s assistant, Pisanelli—he of many fiancées—is one of the most memorable. Particularly engaging is hearing a newspaper account of the complex case, which mistakenly identifies the corpse. Listeners will enjoy learning a bit of Italian history as Trotti finally nabs the killer.”

    AudioFile

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About the Author

Timothy Williams, CWA award-winner, has written five crime novels set in Italy featuring Commissario Piero Trotti. He has also written two novels set in the French Caribbean, Another Sun and The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe. In 2011 the Observer placed him among the ten best modern European crime novelists.  He has lived in the French West Indies, where he teaches, since 1980.

About the Narrator

Tim Gerard Reynolds is an established audiobook narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fantasy Narration. He trained for the stage at the Samuel Beckett Center at Trinity College in Dublin and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in New London, Connecticut.