Kill The Fat her BY SANDRONE DAZIERI
BY SANDRONE DAZIERI (SIMON & SCHUSTER) OUT NOW TRANSLATED BY ANTONY SHUGAAR
When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son vanishes, police assigned to the case assume an abusive husband is the culprit. However, the chief of Rome’s Major Crimes unit has his doubts, and lures Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli — on medical leave after surviving a bomb explosion that left her with PTSD panic attacks — to investigate the case. Caselli has the assistance of the cripplingly claustrophobic Dante Torre, a modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo by a man known only as “The Father”. Increasingly unsure of who he can trust, Torre believes his captor to be back and active. The investigative duo end up ever further outside the law as they attempt to find sufficient evidence to bring The Father to justice.
Sandrone Dazieri’s intricate, character-based thriller is undoubtedly a gripping read, with every chapter ending on a cliffhanger twist or new threat. While there are a few unnecessary switches in the narrative point of view between the main characters and omniscient narrator — for at best cheaply earned dramatic effect — this intense novel remains a deliciously dark journey which provides a genuinely satisfying conclusion.