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The Light in the Ruins

Chris Bohjalian

Bohjalian returns to crime fiction in his 15th novel (after Sandcastle Girls, 2012). Set in 1955 Florence, a serial killer is gruesomely murdering members of the Rosati family one by one. Based on the killer’s M.O., it’s clear that the murderer has something to say about this noble family. Detective Serafina Bettini suspects it has to do with the Rosatis' activities during World War II, and she finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.