Buonvino e il Caso del Bambino Scomparso
by Walter Veltroni is a new book published by Marsilio.
I read it all yesterday. Buonvino, in english Goodwine, is a commissioner of police, pretty inclusive and under many ways, dreaming.
He is alone, and in his wallet collects several imagines of his ideal woman.
He has been left several times and share his flat with two cats named after two famous Milanists soccer players of the 1980s.
The door of his office is kept constantly opened because he loves to hear what it is going on around and because he wants to share with the rest of his colleagues and police-men what he does.
His team is very good and after the first case sorted out successfully, and that donated him a lot of fame, someone suggests him of adding new elements in his staff. Buonvino is affectionated to all his men although they are not perfects, but the best human beings he could have found around, and with a certain reluctancy adds two people at the team; one of them is a police man pretty racist (but there is a sad story behind) the second is a femme fatale, who, immediately attracts the fantasies of Buonvino.
The book is set in the middle of the pandemic flu, spring 2020 describing how certain events at the end of 2019 lived by the protagonist as a premonition of what would have happened later.
Buonvino is a good man, with strong notions and a solid cinematographical culture.
One day, when he was spending some time relaxed after the national lockdown in Villa Borghese one of the most beautiful corners of Rome, where people enjoy to share some time, meets a girl called Daniela. Daniela needs help: she wants to know where his beloved brother Aldo is.
Aldo disappeared 10 years ago, so this one is a cold case!
The disappearance of Aldo left frustrations and sadness in Daniela's family and a profound personal remorse for not having paid attention at his brother as the parents suggested her to do the day of his disappearance; his father apparently lost the existence because of a suicide and her mother became crazy, starting to paint everyday in the terrace of the house, with good or bad weather; horrible paintings, let's add this. That lady has a horrible laugh.
The investigation appears complicated because a lot of time passed by, but also because this cold case has various diversified important tracks that must be analyzed, and certain aspects that, in the previous investigation were left behind.
The first, and maybe more banal consideration the one of a dangerous mind, a paedhophile who decided to capture the little Aldo. Aldo was just 5 years old when disappeared.
Pornography is another important element although, as Buonvino will discover pretty soon, the story is completely different. The father of Aldo was an important man who made wagons of money thanks to a method created in the 1950s for stealing money at people. So, after all, maybe the point was this one...
I can't tell you the rest, just, I found it surreal, let me add this, and the end is open and uncertain. When I finished this book I found a profound sadness for Daniela, the sister of Aldo, because lies are endless in that family.
The book analyzes a broken family with punctuality, describing the eccentricities of sufferance and personal egoisms. In the book you will find also dreaming stories of internal romantic fantasies of the various protagonists and touching encounters.
There is a strong delicacy in this book and a romantic, sometimes shy vision of the existence.
I thank Marislio for the physical copy of this book.
Anna Maria Polidori