The shady Hotel of the Three Roses is home to an assortment of drunks and degenerates. Inspector De Vincenzi receives an anonymous letter, warning him of an imminent outrage at the guest house, and shortly after a macabre discovery is made--a body is found hanging in the hotel's stairwell. As De Vincenzi investigates, more deaths follow, until he finally uncovers a gothic and grotesque story linking the Three Roses' unhappy residents to each other.
This intensely dramatic mystery from the father of the Italian crime novel, Augusto de Angelis, features his most famous creation--Inspector De Vincenzi.
About the Author
Augusto De Angelis (1888-1944) was an Italian novelist and journalist, most famous for his series of detective novels featuring Commissario Carlo De Vincenzi. His cultured protagonist was enormously popular in Italy, but the Fascist government of the time considered him an enemy, and during the Second World War he was imprisoned by the authorities. Shortly after his release he was beaten up by a Fascist activist and died from his injuries.
'As humane as Maigret, as romantic as Marlowe, as intellectual as Philo Vance, yet stubbornly Italian' Oreste Del Buono
'De Vicenzi, is an investigator who doesn't stop at the material evidence, but digs with uncommon passion in the psyche of his characters, and the atmosphere in which they live and operate... a rare delight' Corriere Della Sera
'Compared to the mediocre rubbish published during his time by way of detective stories, De Angelis is a notable exception: for his literary talent, for his innovation of the genre, for his narrative technique (the detective story is 'all action, tense, vibrant, frenetic, extremely calculated" he theorised, expertly putting his theory into practice) and for the modernity of the figure of Commissario De Vincenzi, rigorous reasoner, philosopher in his heart, a committed reader, and true master of his clients' psychology'Il Giornale