The Deliverance Of Evil by Roberto CostantiniThe Deliverance Of Evil by Roberto Costantini

The Deliverance Of Evil

byRoberto Costantini

Hardcover | August 11, 2016

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On July 11, 1982, Elisa Sordi was beautiful. Commissario Michele Balistreri was fearless. Italy was victorious.

A killer was waiting . . .

On July 9, 2006, with Sordi's case twenty-four years cold, and Balistreri haunted by guilt and regret, Italian victory returned. And so did Sordi's killer . . .

But this time Michele Balistreri would be ready. This time he would fear no evil.
Roberto Costantini was born to Italian parents in Libya, where he spent the first eighteen years of his life. He was educated as a mechanical engineer, and also earned an MBA from Stanford University. After a thirty-year career working for American companies in many different countries, he is now a manager of the LUISS Guido Carli Univ...
Title:The Deliverance Of EvilFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:576 pages, 9.32 × 6.32 × 1.82 inShipping dimensions:9.32 × 6.32 × 1.82 inPublished:August 11, 2016Publisher:QuercusLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:162365002X

ISBN - 13:9781623650025


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On the referee’s final whistle, tens of thousands were already in the streets. In a few minutes the traffic was jammed solid, people sitting on car roofs shouting with joy, waving flags, sounding air horns, and beating drums. Columns of red, white, and green smoke were everywhere; the night was painted with the national colors. Amid this deafening racket, the telephone rang. While Angelo went to answer it, I had an uncomfortable feeling in my stomach. Alberto looked at me. “If she hasn’t showed up, you’d better get over there right away.” His tone was calm, but forceful, leaving no room for argument. It was the same tone my father used when I was little. You must learn to be more responsible, Michele. “The cardinal says we have to get back there with the office keys.” Angelo was less drunk now, and more worried. It was no longer possible to go in the car with the uproar unleashed on the streets, but the complex was fairly close by, so we walked through the celebrating crowds, pushed and shoved by everyone and pushing and shoving everyone back in turn. It was a ridiculous situation: in the middle of the most unbridled joy, there we were like two drunken branches battered left and right in the wind. It took us twenty minutes. I was in a state of near delirium about the glorious victory and the probable hook-up with Cristiana. The thought of Elisa only crept in every once in a while. Cardinal Alessandrini and Elisa’s mother were waiting for us. She looked hopeful. We went straight to Building B. Elisa’s window was closed, though the flower still sat on the windowsill. Alessandrini was very tense; Angelo was white as a sheet. The office door was double-locked, as it was supposed to be. Angelo’s hand trembled from tension and alcohol as he opened it. I told everyone to stay out, but the cardinal objected.

Bookclub Guide

READING GROUP GUIDE  THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL sets a classic, complex whodunit murder mystery against a unique backdrop: modern-day Italy. Italy is one of the most politically volatile places in Western Europe today, with a difficult combination of corrupt government, socially ingrained racism and sexism, and a close relationship with the Vatican. Roberto Costantini uses a compelling crime narrative to illustrate the realities of Italian life today.  1. Discuss Italy’s two World Cup victories and their connections to the events and issues in THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL.  2. Michele Balistreri says, “things change around us, but not inside us.” What is your opinion of Balistreri’s morals and character in 1982? What about in 2006? How has time changed him, and how has time failed to change him?  3. What do you learn about Italian aristocracy and its relevance today from Manfredi and his family? What aristocratic privileges do they still enjoy?  4. Does being female help or hinder Linda Nardi’s work as a journalist, both in general and in her work on the murder story she is chasing with Balistreri?  5. Does THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL seem to be forgiving or indicting of the Catholic Church? Does Cardinal Alessandrini seem to represent the church as a whole, or does Roberto Costantini present him as an isolated case?  6. Are any of the characters in THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL completely “good” or completely “bad?” Did you ever find yourself disliking the supposed heroes or sympathizing with the supposed villains?  7. Based on THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL, do you think the future of race relations in Italy is bright or bleak? Why?  8. Discuss the different standards of law and justice that are at odds in this novel — for example, Italian law vs. Vatican law vs. Divine law.  9. Looking at Roberto Costantini’s depiction of Italy in 1982, where do you see the “seeds” of what transpired (socio-economically) over the next decades to create the Italy of 2006 portrayed in the novel? For example, what roles did racism and sexism, as well as turmoil within the Vatican, play?  10. What does the character Colajacono tell us about the realities of police corruption in Italy today? Do you think his fate in the novel is deserved?

Editorial Reviews

"A promising debut... [a] complex crime novel that moves from savage murder to the political and social realities of contemporary Italy."-Kirkus Reviews