About the Book
Milan. Bianca’s curiosity gets a young university student murdered, but not before he gives her a file that details a secret weapon under development with defense contractor Adastra. Guilt may drive her to find justice for the slain Charlie Brooks, but she is warned by the mysterious Loki to stay away from this case that runs deep with conspiracy. Bianca must find a way to uncover government secrets and corporate alliances without returning Italy to one of its darkest hours, the decades of daily terrorism known as the “Years of Lead.”
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
Alabaster Black, aka Bianca Nerini, a genius forensic accountant, was the main character in the first two books. She is still very involved in Threading the Needle but Farrugia takes the forefront this time. This is more like a murder mystery, and because of his involvement, it could end Farrugia’s career.
With each book, I learn more about each character. Farrugia takes up yoga to help deal with the stress of this case. Bianca has a problem with trusting anyone, even her boyfriend, Dante, but in Threading the Needle she is finally beginning to trust. Silvio, who was in the first book, is now a translator, which is funny because his English is always a bit off. For example, someone asked him if he was ready. His response: “Always already.”
Gabriel Valjan’s writing flows well. He incorporates some Italian history which is interesting. There are a couple murder mysteries and some interesting twists in Threading the Needle. I’m looking forward to finding out what Bianca gets them into in the next book, Turning to Stone.
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About the Author
Gabriel Valjan lives in New England, but has traveled extensively, receiving his undergraduate education in California and completing graduate school in England. Ronan Bennett short-listed him for the 2010 Fish Short Story Prize for his Boston noir, Back in the Day. His short stories and poetry have appeared in literary journals and online magazines.