- Title: Death of a Showgirl
- Author: Tobias Jones
- ISBN: 9780571269693
- Page: 112
- Format: Paperback
A Missing Girl Beautiful teenager Simona Biondi has gone missing from her home in the Italian capital Her parents, desperate for information, hire Castagnetti, a private detective, to trawl the streets of Rome in search of her.A Corrupt Media Baron The trail leads him to the dark, erotic world of a TV empire belonging to media mogul turned politician Mario Di Angelo HereA Missing Girl Beautiful teenager Simona Biondi has gone missing from her home in the Italian capital Her parents, desperate for information, hire Castagnetti, a private detective, to trawl the streets of Rome in search of her.A Corrupt Media Baron The trail leads him to the dark, erotic world of a TV empire belonging to media mogul turned politician Mario Di Angelo Here he unearths a murky world in which nubile young women, desperate for stardom, are prepared to do anything to get a break and in which powerful men are happy to exploit that desperation in order to make money and make love.A Long Hidden Crime But then Castagnetti makes another shocking discovery Anna Sartori, a young woman on the fringes of the Di Angelo Empire, went missing almost twenty years ago And Castagnetti knows that somehow Anna and Simona s disappearances are connected In a world where powerful men will go to any lengths to hide their crimes, is it ever possible to uncover the real truth
Recent Comments "Death of a Showgirl"
Maybe a 3.5. A good read with some points to make. I'll be reading some more of Castagnetti.
Through the eyes of his Private Investigator Castagnetti, Tobias Jones looks at the ugly underbelly of contemporary Italy. Death of a Showgirl, centered in and around Rome, takes us through a corrupted television industry spinning dreams and glamor on the backs of young women who will do anything for “fame” – and who end up empty, or worse. If you get depressed contemplating the perfectly constructed grinning beauties working as live props on facile TV game shows – this is your book: A y [...]
The subtitle of Death of a Showgirl is What is the price of fame? The quest for "showgirl" or vedetta celebrity by young women in Italy is the subject of this hard-boiled, private-investigator novel. A "showgirl" in sexist Italy is nothing more than skimpily-clad eye-candy on the TV screen, while the sleazy male hosts of the TV shows do all the talking, gawking and groping.The author of Death of a Showgirl is familiar with Italy's criminal underbelly, having researched and written Italy-set true [...]
I’m not a great fan of whodunits or crime fiction in general, but the author has written the best analysis I’ve read in English of my adopted country, The Dark Heart of Italy, so I read this tale primarily for further insights into contemporary Italy. Having laid bare the skeleton of the country in his non-fiction, the author now puts some flesh on that skeleton, and the result is both fascinating and believable. The message that nonentity-celebrity culture is not harmless fun, of course, ap [...]
Set in Rome (unlike his earlier books), written in the first person by PI Castagnetti (who also appears in the previous two, but who seems to come to this one with no back story and no personal details, so this novel could be read as a stand-alone volume). On the trail of a missing teenager, Castagnetti penetrates the murky world of a "media mogul-turned politician" (hmmm, who could he possibly have in mind? :))The truth of this, and a previous disappearance, is eventually uncovered, with mixed [...]
Casta travels to Rome in the latest case and we get to delve into a Berlusconi type media empire in the search for a missing daughter. The description is the most spot on of the three novels so far, the mass of contradictions that is Italy illustrated wonderfully. Like every good crime series, it gets better with age
This crime novel is also a criticism on the Italian habit of displaying semi nude girls in TV shows and the whole celebrity world around these showgirls. It is a social criticism of the ways these girls are exploited.Liked this book better than the other book I read about Castagnetti.
Not a particularly Italian feel to the writing even though it's set in Rome but an interesting exploration of the links between business, the media and politics in Italy through the form of a PI investigation.
Enjoyed this book set in Rome, about a missing teenager and the private detective hired to find her. As he looks into her disappearance it appears she has been abducted in connection with a similar case over 20 years previous. New author to me.
This was an exciting story which kept my interest to the end
I enjoyed this book. A neat story
Spot on portrayal of the slimy underbelly of Italian media in an entertaining detective thriller. Jones's comprehension of psychology and motivation ring true. Castagnetti is a fearless hero.
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