"A thrilling roller-coaster ride through the labyrinthine Italian society with Inspector Piero Trotti."

Timothy Williams ranks high up on the list of the most inventive and gifted crime fiction writers. His originality and ability to weave a story that holds on to your interest and stays memorable, are indeed what the world of crime writing needs. This Italian novel, second of the five from the Italian series is a gem of mystery and thriller. Following the Italian series he has given us two Guadeloupe-based stories, Another Sun and The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe.

It’s 1982 in Northern Italy, Inspector Piero Trotti is having his breakfast at a café when the peaceful scene takes on a dramatic change. A car pulls up and a gunman shoots a man sitting at the next table. The man’s identity is found to be a journalist who could possibly have an indirect link to the inspector. It is first thought that Trotti could have been the intended victim but as the investigation leads through a network of challenging passages of corruption and criminal activities that big and influential members of the Italian society are involved in, it’s possible that the bullet was not meant for him. Trotti’s own investigation finds itself in a tangled web and it’s not certain if he’ll find his way to the truth.   

The story takes you through a maze of events, escalating the suspense and throwing challenges at the reader along the way. The story requires you to be alert all the way or you might just get lost. However, that confusing path that Williams takes us through may not be as exhausting as one would think, in fact it is such an exquisite symbolism of the Italian society itself. It’s so interesting how The Puppeteer gives you a snapshot of that world and how it is actually like. Williams manages to keep the plot focused on the important characters and in this way we stay attached to Trotti and we want to go on that rollercoaster ride with him. Williams handles the revelation of events quite well and gives an ending that is left carved in the reader’s memory.  


Published by Nthepa Segage