L´inspecteur Lojacono, accusé d´avoir frayé avec la mafia, a dû fuir la Sicile pour Naples afin d´éviter le scandale. Sa femme l´a quitté, sa fille refuse de lui parler et ses nouveaux collègues, qui le surnomment Montalbano en raison de ses origines siciliennes, le méprisent.
Il est seul au commissariat le soir où l´on signale le meurtre d´un adolescent, abattu d´une balle dans la nuque devant chez lui. Arrivé sur les lieux du crime, Lojacono rencontre la substitut du procureur, une femme de caractère, qui lui confie l´enquête. Deux autres adolescents, d´âges et de milieux sociaux différents, sont retrouvés assassinés selon le même mode opératoire peu de temps après. À proximité de chacun des corps, le meurtrier a semé des mouchoirs en papier...
Leur analyse révèle qu´ils sont imbibés de larmes. La presse surnomme aussitôt ce tueur en série « le crocodile », car comme le prédateur, il semble pleurer au moment où il tue ses victimes. Pour l´inspecteur Lojacono, cette théorie est ridicule. En revanche, le mode opératoire est assez similaire à celui d´un crocodile, qui observe sa victime, attend patiemment, sans bouger, tapi dans l´ombre. Il prépare son attaque lente, précise, redoutable. L´assassin est un homme discret, presque invisible, mais déterminé et qui ne manque jamais sa cible... Dans une Naples fébrile et pluvieuse, deux hommes solitaires vont se livrer bataille. Le flic contre le tueur. Lequel s´imposera ?
Giuseppe Lojacono ne pouvait pas espérer de plus belle mise au placard. Sa mutation à Pizzofalcone a tout d'une pénitence. Il y rejoint une équipe nouvellement constituée d'outsiders des autres commissariats de Naples. Et à leurs côtés, il va pouvoir exercer ses talents en toute liberté : le commissaire Palma lui fait une entière confiance et il a le soutien - et peut-être plus... - de la belle magistrate Laura Pires.
Tout ce qu'il lui faut en somme pour aiguiser sa sagacité sur le meurtre de Cecilia de Santis. Une femme au coeur d'or, violemment tuée d'un coup de boule à neige. Elle qui collectionnait avec passion ces objets au kitsch désuet n'imaginait pas voir si tôt le dernier flocon se déposer au fond de l'eau calme de sa vie de femme trompée...
This is Naples as youve never seen it before. A chaotic, shadowy city full of ominous echoes and dark alleyways where each inhabitant seems too absorbed by his or her own problems to give a damn about anybody else. And that is exactly what makes it possible for a cold, methodical killer to commit his atrocious crimes largely undisturbed, to merge with the crowd as if he were invisible. The newspapers call him The Crocodile because, like a crocodile, when he devours his own children, he cries. And like a crocodile he is a perfect killing machine: he waits and watches until his prey is within range, and then he strikes.
Three young people with very diverse backgrounds have been found murdered in three different neighborhoods, each shot with a single bullet, execution style. While his colleagues see little or no connection, Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono, smells a rat. He is driven by his instincts and his own troubled recent history. He has just been transferred to Naples from Sicily where a Mafioso-turned-informant accused him of leaking sensitive information to the mob. Once an estimated member of the mobile unit of the Agrigento police force, Lojacono has lost everything, first and foremost the love of his wife and daughter. But now hes been given a second chance and a shot at clearing his name. A young magistrate, the beautiful Laura Piras, wants him in Naples. Shes heard of his preternatural skills and his incredible powers of observation and she thinks a man like him is needed in Naples. So it is that Inspector Lojacono is charged with finding the link between the three dead bodies. At the root of these murders, he will discover, is a pain that still burns, a sense of guilt than cannot be purged, and one all-consuming love.
Transferred to Naples after a tangle with the Sicilian Mafia, Detective Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono feels that he's marking time, waiting out an awkward scandal.
But when the bloodied bodies of teenagers start appearing around the city, victims of a strange and sinister killer whom police and locals take to calling The Crocodile, it soon becomes clear to Lojacono that the killings are more than simple Mafia hits, and that the labyrinthine streets of Naples are more deadly than he'd dared imagine.
Can he catch the assassin in time to save the city's innocents?
A bestseller in Italy, The Crocodile is a dark, bloody story of murder and revenge that will grip and thrill you.
Naples, March 1931: a bitter wind stalks the city streets, and murder lies at its chilled heart. As one of the world s greatest tenors, Maestro Vezzi, is found brutally murdered in his dressing room at Naples famous San Carlo Theatre, the enigmatic and aloof Commissario Ricciardi is called in to investigate. Arrogant and bad-tempered, Vezzi was hated by many, but with the livelihoods of the opera at stake, who would have committed this callous act? Ricciardi, along with his loyal colleague, Maione, is determined to discover the truth. But Ricciardi carries his own secret: will it help him solve this murder?
This book offers an updated review of malignant mesothelioma, including the latest advances in our understanding of its genetic control and molecular biology, as well as pre-clinical and clinical research. It also presents state-of-the-art diagnostic approaches and therapeutic options, and an open discussion on the future prospects for patient management.
Malignant mesothelioma is an enormous global health problem related to asbestos exposure. Despite the best efforts of scientists and oncologists, the prognosis for those affected remains poor. Due to anatomical characteristics and non-specific symptoms, the diagnosis of mesothelioma at an early stage is often difficult, while surgery and radiotherapy are only of limited use, even if some multimodality approaches seem promising. In turn, medical treatments are sometimes successful in tumor control, but have little impact on overall survival. However, advances in our understanding of the disease's biology, together with the availability of new drugs and combinations, make mesothelioma an essential and highly topical field for pre-clinical and clinical studies.
This book is subdivided into four parts: epidemiology and preclinical data, diagnosis, therapy, and extrathoracic mesothelioma. It highlights the progress made in a variety of areas - e.g. in vitro and in vivo experimental models, genetics, environment, biomarkers, targeting agents, immunotherapy, metabolic imaging and ongoing clinical trials - and describes the standard clinical management of mesothelioma patients, including those with extra-thoracic localizations. Given its scope, the book offers an invaluable tool for researchers, oncologists and clinicians alike.
This book offers a comprehensive guide to the technical basis of laser ablation, describing and reporting in detail on the latest findings. The world of medicine is currently working to reduce the invasiveness of treatment, in order to improve patients' quality of life. Image-guided ablations are rapidly becoming an effective alternative to several surgical treatments. Among the many techniques available for ablation, laser is still not widely used, though its efficacy has been amply demonstrated. The scientific community is now showing a growing interest in laser techniques for image-guided ablations, and many physicians are willing to start using lasers in their clinical practice. The book is divided into 16 chapters, including historical notes, technical aspects, outcomes of ex-vivo experiments, and results of the application of this technique in various clinical scenarios. It will be of great interest to a broad range of physicians (interventional radiologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, urologists), from less experienced trainees to expert physicians who want to introduce a novel clinical practice.
This book examines in detail the diagnostic impact of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in the evaluation of urinary tract pathology, paying particular attention to the diagnostic gain that may be expected in relation to other imaging techniques such as CT and MRI. The role of contrast-enhanced ultrasound is evaluated in a range of pathologies, including ischemia, trauma, inflammation, cystic lesions, and solid tumors, as well as in the imaging of anatomic variants. New applications, for example monitoring of kidney transplantation, assessment of urinary bladder lesions, and diagnosis of vesico-ureteric reflux, are also covered. The presented cases, drawn from the authors' personal clinical caseload, include images obtained using multimodality techniques, sometimes with 3D CT reconstruction. The authors' own experiences are compared with the most recent reports in the scientific literature.
Motivated by a variational model concerning the depth of the objects in a picture and the problem of hidden and illusory contours, this book investigates one of the central problems of computer vision: the topological and algorithmic reconstruction of a smooth three dimensional scene starting from the visible part of an apparent contour.The authors focus their attention on the manipulation of apparent contours using a finite set of elementary moves, which correspond to diffeomorphic deformations of three dimensional scenes.A large part of the book is devoted to the algorithmic part, with implementations, experiments, and computed examples. The book is intended also as a user's guide to the software code appcontour, written for the manipulation of apparent contours and their invariants. This book is addressed to theoretical and applied scientists working in the field of mathematical models of image segmentation.