The Dark Valley by Valerio Varesi
© 2002-2017
Mystery Series
Set in Italy


Donna Leon
Andrea Camilleri
Michael Dibdin
Timothy Williams
Magdalen Nabb
Grace Brophy
Massimo Carlotto
Gianrico Carofiglio
Carlo Lucarelli
Timothy Holme
Iain Pears
Edward Sklepowich
Marshall Browne
David Hewson
Simon Buck
Aaron Elkins

Set in Parma, Po Valley

Translation ©2011

Valerio Varesi has been the Parma correspondent for La Stampa and La Repubblica. River of Shadows is the first of a series of thrillers featuring Commissario Soneri, now the central figure of one of Italy's most popular television dramas. Joseph Farrell has translated several major Italian authors, including Dario Fo.

Valerio Varesi

A Commissario Soneri Investigation

(Translated from the Italian by Joseph Farrell)

The Dark Valley
(Le ombre di Montelupo)

Product Description: 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. He plans to spend the time hunting for mushrooms in the wooded slopes of Montelupo. The small and isolated village revolves around the fortunes of the Rodolfi family, salami manufacturers for generations. Its patriarch, the gifted businessman Palmiro, runs a tight ship. But behind the scenes, all is not well: his son, Paride, has other plans for his future. And then all of a sudden the family finds itself in the throes of a financial scandal, which has worrying implications for the entire community. Soon afterwards a hiker makes a grisly discovery in the woods: Paride's decomposing body. After initial protestations, Commissario Soneri soon gives up all hope of a peaceful break. As he becomes more deeply involved in the investigation, the complicated relationship he uncovers between father and his son becomes all the more pertinent when he learns that his own father and Palmiro Ridolfi were friends...
 (© MacLehose Press)

Other novels in the Commissario Soneri Series

© 2004 - L'affittacamere

© 2006 - A mani Vuote

© 2007 - Oro, incenso e polvere

© 2008 - La casa del comandante

© 2009 - Il commissario Soneri e la mano di dio

© 2010 - E' solo l'inizio commissario Soneri