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The Mannequin Manby Luca Di Fulvio
Synopses & Reviews
“Di Fulvio exposes souls with the skills of a surgeon. It’s like turning the pages of something forbidden—seductive, elegant and dangerous.”—Alan Rickman
“A wonderful first novel that will seduce the fans of deranged murderers in the style of Hannibal Lecter. And beautifully written to boot.”—RTL
“A novel that caresses and kisses in order to violate the reader with greater ease.”—Rolling Stone
“A powerful psycho-thriller of spine-shivering intensity. Written with immense intelligence and passionate menace. Not to be read alone at night.”—The Times
“Know why she’s smiling?” he asked, pointing a small torch at the corpse. “Fish hooks. Two fish hooks at the corners of her mouth, a bit of nylon, pull it round the back of the head and tie a knot. Pretty straightforward, right?” Amaldi noticed the metallic glint at the corners of the taut mouth.
Inspector Amaldi has enough problems: a city choked by a pestilent rubbish strike, a beautiful student harassed by a telephone stalker, a colleague dying of cancer, and the mysterious disappearance of arson files concerning the city’s orphanage. Then the mutilated bodies begin to appear.
This novel of violence and decay, with its vividly portrayed characters, takes place over a few oppressive weeks in an unnamed Italian city that strongly evokes Genoa. A finalist for the European Crime Writing Prize.
"The taxidermist of the title of Di Fulvio's grim but often subtly amusing first crime novel, published in Italy in 2000 and shortlisted for the European Crime Writing Prize, relishes watching creatures die. His victims also include humans. The first policeman to realize what's going on when a series of mutilated bodies start to show up in and around a city that sounds a lot like Genoa is Chief Insp. Giacomo Amaldi, in his own depressed way as strange a character as the killer. As a garbage strike turns the city into an evil-smelling symbol of modern life, Di Fulvio deftly walks both sides of the noir line by letting us in on the joke — adding more and more problems to Amaldi's load, but always transcending dreary genre parody with a beautifully written phrase or paragraph." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A serial killer with an obsession for taxidermy. The possibilities are endless. A European Thomas Harris.
About the Author
Luca di Fulvio, born in 1957, lives and works in Rome. He is a much acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and playwright Patrick McKeown specializes in the translation of literary fiction from the Italian.
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