A wealthy tourist from Bologna has been killed in the Tremiti Isles and the reporter Rosario Santacroce, a nice, talkative and charismatic Salento journalist, writes about the murder in the beautiful contest of Tremiti Islands (Puglia, South Italy).
A sort of ode to life is what Rosario Santacroce offers his readers. The protagonist is a forty year old Salento reporter who lives in Bologna and works for a local newspaper. A rough and rational man, talkative, charismatic, ready to savor every moment of life as if it was the last.
Nicknamed Saru (the nickname that is given in Salento to those named like him), he covers the city's crime beat. As often happens, occasionally work also follows him on holidays because a real reporter is destined (almost) never to unplug. And that is probably why he gets entangled in the murder of a wealthy tourist from Bologna who like him is on vacation in the Tremiti Islands.
The story is peppered with amusing expressions in the Salento dialect related to the food, tastes and customs of that part of Italy surrounded by two seas and contains the right mix of eroticism and suspense . The author reveals the often humorous interplay between fellow-journalists, refers to real news stories and packs the investigation with twists right up to the surprise ending.
Cesario Picca (1972) born and bred in Salento (South Italy), lives in Bologna. For 25 years he worked as a crime and judicial reporter, now he devotes his time to his thrillers. He has already published (2005), the juridical essay Ungagged – the developing concept of freedom of the press.
His love for thrillers blossomed with Murder at the Tremiti Isles in which the main character is the reporter from Salento, Rosario (Saru) Santacroce involved in a femicide. But you can read many other intrigues and adventures like Gioco mortale - delitto nel mondo della trasgressione where you can find Saru with the same likeable verve and curiosity, Il dio danzante - delitto nel Salento and Vite spezzate where Saru santacroce follows the investigations of the Scotland Yard detective Sonny D'Amato to arrest a dangerous serial killer. Criminal Mind's TV series lovers can not fail to read it.
In 2002 Picca was awarded the Piero Passetti prize for “chronicler of the year”. He is a speaker or moderator at numerous conferences and participates in many radio and television broadcasts.