The story reminds me of the Dibdin Zen series. The dry sarcastic humour and the devil may care attitude of the detective. The setting of italy, the intricate corruption of police, the power hunger politicians, the nepotism of old italian families and all the while wondering how they actually solve any crimes with all the manipulations going on at the same time. I think the author captured the essence of how the italians view each other as foreign beings if they come from other areas of italy, as if their country were twenty small ones bordering upon one another. I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.