Born in 1913, in a town on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy, Piero Chiara worked as a court employee until the outbreak of Word War Two. When the Fascist authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in 1944 he fled to Switzerland, where his first work of literature, a collection of poetry entitled Incantavi, was published in 1945. After the war he returned to Italy, and became one of the most celebrated writers of the post-war period. The winner of more than a dozen literary prizes - including the 1964 Campiello and the 1979 Bancarello - he is widely read and studied in his home country, and his stories and novels have been adapted for both television and film. Piero Chiara died in 1986. The Disappearance of Signora Giulia is his first book to be translated into English.
The suspense carries over to the last page. Prepare for a surprise Daily Mail A light and bright read for those tired with the thud and blunder school of crime writing Crime Review The sort of story that Sherlock Holmes might have narrated after a bit too much opium Shiny New Books Chiara saves his most original touch until last, with an audacious ending that readers will find either refreshingly ambiguous or maddeningly open-ended The National The real mystery is why English readers have been deprived of Chiara's playful detective stories for so long. Crime Scene Any devotee of noir crime will enjoy this little sojourn into domestic noir in pure Italian style Raven Crime Reads Ultimately a disquieting and unexpected read... It's short and cleanly written and translated and if you're anything at all like me it'll still trouble you after you've turned the final page. What more could one really ask for? Pechorin's Journal The Disappearance of Signora Giulia is an unconventional, compelling crime novel His Futile Preoccupations Chiara... acutely and sardonically critiques the false righteousness of the local [Lombardian] bourgeoisie Il Domenicale del Diritto Perfectly structured and paced... Excellent Lankelot