Kill The Fat her BY SAN­DRONE DAZIERI

BY SAN­DRONE DAZIERI (SI­MON & SCHUS­TER) OUT NOW TRANS­LATED BY ANTONY SHUGAAR

Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - By PAUL F. COCK­BURN

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.

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