The Killing I. David Hewson – the author of more than a dozen detective novels set in Italy and with no need to stoop to anything too hurriedly commercial – has taken what was television gold and turned it into literary gold. This is one of the most engrossing detective novels I’ve read in a long time, with no easy solutions or insulting pay-offs and no easy moral to its story.
After a gradual build-up, The House of Dolls settles into a riveting, labyrinthine plot that’s peppered with action sequences and some shocking revelations. Hewson capably introduces new characters, including a conniving journalist, and there are some stunning set pieces. When Hewson hits his stride it feels like you’re being treated to a masterclass in crime writing. If you have a penchant for Euro-crime procedurals, The House of Dolls is an essential new series.