In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team up to solve a series of killings and abductions—unspeakable crimes that turn out to be merely the surface of something far more sinister.
When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case arrests the woman’s husband and awaits his confession. But the city’s Chief of Major Crimes has his doubts and assigns two of Italy’s top analytical minds to the case: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from a horrific mass killing she survived, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed through the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself “the Father,” Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
All evidence suggests that the Father is back at work and wants a reunion with Dante. But when Colomba and Dante begin unraveling the truth, they find themselves wanted for murder. Now Dante and Colomba must travel down a number of dark tunnels, both literal and figurative, as they confront the question that may solve it all: what lies beneath the water in a remote Italian quarry? And what might that revelation mean for ten children who have recently gone missing?
An instant breakout novel in Italy, Kill the Father boasts a brilliantly layered plot that offers new and more haunting revelations at every turn. Not since Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs has there been as intriguing a pairing of hard-charging female detective and “damaged” savant, and not since Jo Nesbo has there been a foreign thriller talent as promising.
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.
“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 The Bone Collector and The Steel Kiss
“Kill the Father is 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
“Kill the Father is 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
“Simply a masterpiece: for the poignancy of the story, the creation of characters you can never forget, and the way the author grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go, even when the book has ended.”
– La Lettura/Corriere della Sera
“Sandrone Dazieri has written a beautiful novel. The best of this season’s thrillers. It’s a sinister and terrifying dream, and lurking within it, in the most hidden corner, barely accessible, is something that emits the cold light of absolute evil.”
– Sette/Corriere della Sera
“You can’t help liking Colomba Caselli, the young, off-duty police officer who is unable to leave her work behind her. Here, she is investigating the disappearance of a boy and the murder of his mother. It is impossible not to fall in love with Dante Torre, full of nervous tics and psychoses, who was kidnapped at a young age and now is working side by side with the police. Can we trust him? Let’s just put our trust in Dazieri and his writing ability.”
“Twists and turns, a hectic pace and a sharp, rapid-fire, winning writing style guarantee that the reader can never put the book down.”
– Il Manifesto
“Dazzling…told in brutal, often wrenching detail.”
– Publishers Weekly
“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.”
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