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by Simon & Schuster, 9 February 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4711-5410-2 (HB)
Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli is
off work, recovering from a disaster she blames on herself; Dante Torre was
kidnapped, and spent his childhood in a silo, being terrorised by a man he
called ‘The Father’. Now, in a park near Rome, a woman has been beheaded, and a
six-year old boy is missing. The detective in charge wants to arrest the
husband, but Caselli’s former boss sends her to Torre ...
fast-paced Italian roller-coaster begins with a key moment in young Torre’s
imprisonment, then moves to the present day, going between the distraught
husband running by the side of the road, and Caselli’s chief drawing her into
the investigation. From then on it’s a mixture of PP and PI, as Caselli is both
involved with her former colleagues as one of them, and then, as she and Torre
did deeper, they begin to play a lone hand. It’s told in the third person
throughout, focusing on one head for one or several of the short chapters. I
loved the creation of the two main characters; they’re completely convincing in
their reactions to the world around them, and the damage each has sustained
helps spin the plot off in unexpected directions – Dante Torre, for example is
claustrophobic. Brought up in a silo – we’re given the horror of this in
flashbacks – he’s never readjusted to the outside world. His sepcially-designed
flat is also his adult silo. He’s on the autistic spectrum, with a photographic
memory, and is now a consultant psychologist in child abuse cases. After his
escape from the silo, he was reunited with his father – another plot strand –
but their relations are distant, and to his horror he feels closer to ‘The
Father’, although he also wants to track him down. Columba Caselli is a
dedicated cop, a young high-flyer – until the disaster, which we gradually
learn about over the course of the book, crippled her confidence. The growing
relationship between them as they pursue what everyone else calls an
implausible hypothesis is convincingly drawn. Gradually, the kidnapping of one
boy in the past, one in the present, becomes more sinister, and the threads of
plot are brought together in an unexpectedly sinister and frighteningly
plausible way. The Italian setting is a bonus for readers elsewhere, with the
way the police work is handled there brought out clearly.
compulsive page turner, with a snake-twisting plot, stand-out characters and a
vivid setting. Highly recommended.
Sandrone Dazieri was born 4 November1964
Cremona, Italy. He is the bestselling
author of fourteen novels and more than fifty screenplays. Kill the Father, the first in a planned
series featuring Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre, is his UK debut.
Marsali Taylor grew up near
Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently
a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and
two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is
fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.
A review of her recent book Ghosts
of the Vikings can be read here.