The Greatest Mayan, Italian "Crime" Books of All Time

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Crime

The "Crime" category of books typically includes stories that revolve around criminal activities, investigations, and the pursuit of justice. These books may feature detectives, police officers, or other law enforcement officials as main characters, as well as criminals and their victims. Crime novels often involve suspenseful plot twists and turns, as well as complex character development. The genre can encompass a wide range of subgenres, including mystery, thriller, and true crime, and may explore themes such as morality, ethics, and the human condition. Overall, the "Crime" category offers readers a thrilling and engaging look into the darker side of human nature and the justice system.

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  1. 1. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

    Set in a wealthy Italian monastery in the 14th century, the novel follows a Franciscan friar and his young apprentice as they investigate a series of mysterious deaths within the monastery. As they navigate the labyrinthine library and decipher cryptic manuscripts, they uncover a complex plot involving forbidden books, secret societies, and the Inquisition. The novel is a blend of historical fiction, mystery, and philosophical exploration, delving into themes of truth, knowledge, and the power of the written word.

    The 108th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia

    "To Each His Own" is a mystery novel that follows a professor in a small Sicilian town who becomes obsessed with solving a double murder after receiving an anonymous letter. As he delves deeper into the investigation, he uncovers a web of corruption and deceit that reaches to the highest levels of power in his town. Despite his best efforts to bring the truth to light, he finds himself in danger as those involved in the murders will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden.

    The 1576th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. A Violent Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini

    "A Violent Life" explores the journey of a young man from the slums of Rome who becomes entangled in the world of crime. As he navigates through this violent and chaotic life, he is confronted with the harsh realities of poverty, injustice, and the struggle for survival. The narrative provides a stark and unflinching examination of the underbelly of Italian society, revealing the deep-seated corruption and systemic inequality that pervades it. The protagonist's life is a testament to the destructive cycle of violence and despair that traps the marginalized and underprivileged.

    The 1823rd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. I'm Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti

    Set in a small Italian village during the scorching summer of 1978, this novel tells the story of a 9-year-old boy who discovers a horrific crime being hidden by the adults in his community. The boy, while exploring an abandoned farmhouse, stumbles upon a young boy being held captive in a hole. As he tries to help the captive boy, he is forced to face the moral complexities of his world and the terrifying realization that his own father might be involved in this cruel act. The story is a poignant exploration of innocence, friendship and the loss thereof, and the harsh realities of adulthood.

    The 5084th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Day Of The Owl by Leonardo Sciascia

    This novel delves into the murky world of Sicilian society, where the Mafia's influence permeates every level. When a businessman is murdered, the investigation is met with a wall of silence, indicative of the fear and complicity that hampers the pursuit of justice. The protagonist, a determined police captain, faces numerous obstacles as he attempts to unravel the complex web of connections that shield the true culprits. His quest exposes the deep-rooted corruption and the challenges of confronting an entrenched criminal organization that operates within a code of silence and intimidation.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Equal Danger by Leonardo Sciascia

    In a society where political corruption and disillusionment are rampant, a series of murders targeting high-ranking officials sends shockwaves through the establishment. A detective, known for his intelligence and integrity, is assigned to the case, only to find himself entangled in a web of intrigue that blurs the lines between justice and power. As he delves deeper into the investigation, he confronts the existential absurdity of a system that seems to protect the very forces it should be fighting against, leading to a climactic resolution that questions the very nature of truth and the role of law in a flawed society.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Midnight In Sicily by Peter Robb

    "Midnight in Sicily" explores the rich and tumultuous history, culture, and politics of Sicily from the 1970s through the 1990s. The narrative delves into the island's deep-rooted Mafia presence, its influence on social and political spheres, and the courageous efforts of those who have stood against its power. Through a blend of travelogue, cultural commentary, and political analysis, the book paints a vivid portrait of Sicilian life and the complex web of corruption, art, history, and delicious cuisine that defines it. The author's personal experiences and observations provide a compelling backdrop to the broader historical and cultural discussions, making the work both an informative and engaging read.

    The 9843rd Greatest Book of All Time

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