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The dark valley

The dark valley

Varesi, Valerio, 1959-

It is autumn in Parma. Commissario Soneri decides to escape the greyness of the city to return to his home village in the Appenines for a much-needed holiday. However, he arrives only to find a town consumed by corruption and suicide that is not all it seems

Hardback, Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: MacLehose, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: by Valerio Varesi ; translated by Joseph Farrell
ISBN: 1906694338, 9781906694333
Note: Translated from the Italian.
Physical Description: 272 p. ; 24 cm.
Series: A Commissario Soneri mystery
Subject: Police chiefs Italy Palma Fiction.
Series Title: Commissario Soneri mystery.

Author note

Valerio Varesi has been the Parma correspondent for La Stampa and La Repubblica. The Dark Valley is the second in a series of thrillers featuring Commissario Soneri, now the protagonist of one of Italy's most popular television dramas.

Joseph Farrell is the distinguished translator of Leonardo Sciascia, Vincenzo Consolo the Nobel Laureate and Dario Fo.


'Varesi exposes a dark history that still has the power to unsettle' Joan Smith, Sunday Times.||'A master storyteller' Barry Forshaw, Independent.||'Where he raises his game from the common crime ruck, however, is in his almost painterly evocation of wretchedly dark atmosphere and character. He could be the long-lost heir of Caravaggio' The Herald (Glasgow).||'A multi-layered adult thriller about politics, relationships and corruption that will thrill to the very last page' Italia Magazine.