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Valerio Varesi

  • Original Title: COMMISSARIO SONERI
  • Publication date: December 1998
  • Publisher: MOBYDICK
  • Country: IT
  • 128 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Italy
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Revenge, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, FAMILY, Heritage, Death, Inner-city violence, Power, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment


The investigations of Commissario Soneri, a homicide detective in Parma, Italy.


Some of the novels in the series were made into Nebbie e delitti, an Italian crime television series. It is distributed as Fog and Crimes in the United States and Canada.

Translation rights sold for the series: UK, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Romania

Book 15, GLI INVISIBILI, to be published in October 2019

Valerio Varesi is an Italian author of crime novels. A few of his novels have been published in English, the first two of which were shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger. His novels have all been bestsellers in the original Italian. He is a journalist with La Repubblica.


Book 4: IL FIUME DELLE NEBBIE (River of Shadows)

In a bleak valley in Northern Italy, the River Po is swollen to its limits. The thick fog that usually clings to the town, blurring its surroundings and plunging its inhabitants into near-blindness, has been driven out by the raging storm. So when an empty barge drifts downriver, the fact the owner is missing does not go unnoticed. That same night Commissario Soneri is called in to investigate the murder of the boatman's brother. The brothers served together in the fascist militia fifty years earlier - could this be a revenge killing after so long? Soneri's investigation meets with a wall of silence from those who make their living along the banks of river. As the fog descends and the valley is hidden once more, Soneri must navigate fifty-year-old loyalties and deep-rooted rivalries before he can find out the truth.

Reports available (Book 12 and Book 15)

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