From the internationally bestselling thriller writer who has been compared to Thomas Harris and Jo Nesbo comes the second novel in his Caselli and Torre Series, a high‑voltage ride into the bizarre as the detective duo tracks an ingeniously lethal female villain.
When a high‑speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome with a carriage full of dead bodies, preliminary investigations are placed in the hands of Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli. And after the police receive a message claiming responsibility for the killings and announcing more murders to come, they turn their attention to a small group of Islamic extremists.
But Dante Torre—the victim of a childhood abduction with extraordinary powers of observation—believes authorities are being misdirected. For him the Islamic link is a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has been committing murders all over the world for years: a woman who calls herself Gilitinè, after the mythological Lithuanian goddess of death. As a child during the final years of the Cold War, Gilitinè was imprisoned in a concentration camp behind the Iron Curtain known as “The Box.” Now, she is driven by revenge.
After further carnage in Berlin, Gilitinè’s murderous plans escalate to macabre heights in Venice, where Dante and Colomba must stop her before the waters of the Venetian Lagoon turn blood red.
Sandrone Dazieri is the bestselling author of numerous novels and screenplays. Kill the Father, the first novel in his series featuring Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre, was an international bestseller and received spectacular praise for its highly unconventional detective duo. Kill the Angel is the much-anticipated follow up.Visit him at www.sandronedazieri.it or follow him on Twitter @SandroneDazieri.
“[With] unrelentingly suspenseful effect, [Dazieri] once again exits with a cliff-hanger. With complex and fallible characters and nonstop action, this is prime international crime fiction and a great fit for followers of David Hewson’s Rome-set Nic Costa series.”
– Booklist, Starred Review
“A harrowing if entertaining ride. Fans of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter series will, beg pardon, eat this up.”
– Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Kill the Father:
“Absolutely electrifying. Kill the Father is one of those rare treasures: a page-turning thriller—in every sense of the phrase—that is also brilliantly nuanced and rich with insight into the complex and compelling minds of those, good and bad, who inhabit its pages. This novel is the new definition of a one-sitting read.”
– Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector and The Steel Kiss
“Kill the Father starts with the investigation of a murder-kidnapping then shows its two intriguing heroes following surprising twists and turns to an unexpected ending. Truly original thrillers are rare, but Sandrone Dazieri has written one.”
– Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Violent Crimes
“Sandrone Dazieri’s American debut is an epic tale that surprises at every turn—a twisty, mind-boggler that introduces not one but two memorable protagonists and hurls them into circumstances that threaten both their lives and sanity. The rollercoaster ride continues to the very last page, leaving me impatient for the sequel.”
– Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Guilty Minds and Suspicion
"A mind-bending, stunningly original page-turner that twists the concept of psychological thriller in a terrifying and wonderful way. In Dante and Colomba, Sandrone Dazieri has created two of the most memorable characters in modern crime fiction, a pair of damaged, noble heroes compelled to confront unimaginable evil. Bravo.”
– Jonathan Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author of When the Bough Breaks, A Cold Heart, Dr. Death, and Breakdown
“An intense, gripping, and entirely unforgettable story—part psychological puzzle, part police procedural, and part conspiracy theory. Mr. Dazieri has written a thriller of the highest order. Highly recommended.”
– Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Numbered Account and Rules of Deception
“This ingenious thriller features a pair of protagonists with personal demons as unnerving as the vicious monster they’re pursuing. And it’s a wonderfully twisty and chilling pursuit, leading not only to the monster’s shocking identity but to his equally shocking links to powerful and dark enablers.”
– John Verdon, internationally bestseller author of Think of a Number, Shut Your Eyes Tight, Peter Pan Must Die, and Wolf Lake
“This [debut] introduces us to two of the most intriguing detectives to have emerged in recent years. . . . Brutal and frighteningly realistic, it never loses its grip.”
– Daily Mail
“Outstanding…[an] unrelenting, adrenaline-fueled novel, with a final twist serving as a setup for a sequel. Don’t be surprised if Kill the Father becomes the next Big Thing in international crime fiction.”
– Booklist (Starred Review)
“Dazzling . . . told in brutal, often wrenching detail.”
– Publishers Weekly
“One of the nastier crimes in recent memory . . . There are twists aplenty as Dante and Colomba track down the Father, even as he spins an ever finer trap for them . . . A dark treat for mystery buffs.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre are certainly the most audacious characters to emerge in crime fiction in many moons. . . . [The book] has more climaxes than a brothel on a Saturday night. It’s almost like those fifteen chapter serials we saw at the movies when we were kids, with each episode ending with a cliffhanger, Dazieri is an inventive and original writer.”
– David Rothenberg on WBAI Radio
“A big psychological suspense novel that captures the reader from the first page. . . . Shocks, surprises, horrors, twists, and revelations abound in this long, compelling thriller.”
– Otto Penzler, LitHub
“Absorbing, disturbing, clever, bizarre, original and brutal. The outline of the plot is simple, its execution thrilling.”
– The Times of London (Book of the Month)
“Already a bestseller throughout Europe, and receiving fantastic advance praise. . . . [A] fascinatingly complex thriller.”