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The fourth book in Timothy Williams’ critically acclaimed Commissario Trotti series, originally published in the 1980s

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. 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 plot, and fine characterization, Black August is a must-have addition to Timothy Williams’ critically acclaimed Trotti series.

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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.”

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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.