David Downie is the author of four previous mysteries and over a dozen renowned travel books. A keen observer of international politics, particularly the corrupt kind, Italian-American Downie brings razor-sharp insights into the dark side of government and policing in his two native countries. A native of San Francisco, he divides his time between France, Italy, and California with his wife, photographer Alison Harris. Find out more at davidddownie.com.
Introducing Roman Roulette: Murder in the Catacombs, Daria Vinci’s new investigation.
For Commissioner Daria Vinci, it was supposed to be a night
off, attending a benefit concert for the Institute of America in
Rome. But little did the Institute’s wealthy, distinguished guests
know that beneath their feet, in the ancient catacombs, a very
different kind of gathering was being held. One that would end
Red Riviera, the first Daria Vinci Investigation, was set on the
Italian Riviera. In Roman Roulette, the glamorous and high-
principled police commissioner of DIGOS, Italy’s FBI, must
investigate what at first seems a simple case of suicide and in so
doing attracts the attention of her boss, the Questor of the
Province of Rome. He wants her off the case. Why? Suddenly,
Commissioner Daria Vinci must solve the murder in 36 hours,
while risking her career and, possibly, her life.