David Downie, Author
Roman Roulette: Murder in the Catacombs
David is a regular guest and this time at Café de la Mairie he will be talking about the second in his Italian crime novel series, Roman Roulette, featuring the Italian-American police detective, Daria Vinci. The third in the series is coming in 2023: Venetian Vendetta: Murder in the Lagoon City.
Paris lovers can rejoice: Daria Vinci will soon be investigating a spectacular international crime in Parisian Peril: Murder in the City of Light. Details TBC.
Roman Roulette: Murder in the Catacombs, is the Second Daria Vinci Investigation.
The plot: For Commissioner Daria Vinci, it was supposed to be a night off, attending a benefit concert for the Institute of America in Rome. But little did the Institute’s wealthy, distinguished guests know that beneath their feet, in the ancient catacombs, a very different kind of gathering was being held. One that would end in murder…
Red Riviera, the first Daria Vinci Investigation, was set on the Italian Riviera. In Roman Roulette, the glamorous and high-principled police commissioner of DIGOS, Italy’s FBI, must investigate what at first seems a simple case of suicide and in so doing attracts the attention of her boss, the Questor of the Province of Rome. He wants her off the case. Why? Suddenly, Commissioner Daria Vinci must solve the murder in 36 hours, while risking her career and, possibly, her life.
David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s. He divides his time between France and Italy. A longtime journalist, his travel, food and arts features have appeared in over 50 print magazines and newspapers worldwide and on dozens of websites.
David is the award-winning author of four previous novels and over a dozen acclaimed nonfiction books translated into a variety of foreign languages, including French, Italian, Chinese and Korean. His essays have been published in over a dozen anthologies. Downie graduated from UC Berkeley and Brown University. He is married to photographer Alison Harris.