The second novel from the acclaimed author of Kill the Father, a Richard and Judy 2017 Bookclub pick and Sunday Times bestseller, this thriller is multi-layered, complex, full of twists and turns and satisfyingly dark – one of those novels you just have to read late into the night.
A high-speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome, and an horrific discovery in one carriage rocks the city. Preliminary investigations are put in the hands of Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli.
The police receive a message claiming responsibility for the act and announcing more murders to come, and they duly turn their attention to a small terrorist group of Islamic extremists. But investigator Dante Torre does not believe this angle. For him, this feels like a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has a far more terrible motivation to continue.
The trail leads to Berlin and Venice, where the waters of the Venetian Lagoon will turn blood red ...
‘I thoroughly enjoyed Kill The Angel which is an intelligent, pulse pounding thriller. The plotting is clever with twist upon twist, the pace relentless and the characters interesting. It also has a readable style which keeps you turning the pages. An interesting, exciting read which I have no hesitation in recommending’ Netgalley reviewer
Praise for Kill the Father:
'Absolutely electrifying' Jeffery Deaver
'A thriller of the highest order. Highly recommended' Christopher Reich
'A mind-bending, stunningly original page-turner' Jonathan Kellerman
‘Absolutely electrifying’ Jeffery Deaver
‘Absorbing, disturbing, clever, bizarre, original and brutal’ The Times
‘Never loses its grip' Daily Mail
'An intelligent thriller… very entertaining' Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
'[a] fascinatingly complex thriller' i newspaper ?
‘Sandrone Dazieri’s intricate character-based thriller is undoubtedly a gripping read…a deliciously dark journey which provides a genuinely satisfying conclusion’ Crime Scene?
‘Ingenious’ John Verdon?
‘Don’t be surprised if Kill the Father becomes the next Big Thing in international crime fiction’ Booklist?
Chapter one of Dazieri's disappointing sequel to 2017's well-received Kill the Father opens with an arresting sentence: "Death arrived in Rome at ten minutes to midnight aboard a high-speed train from Milan." Colomba Caselli, deputy chief of the city's homicide squad, is called to Termini Station after a grim discovery all the passengers in the train's first-class car are dead, victims of a bioweapon. Colomba joins a massive manhunt for the men claiming responsibility in the name of ISIS. Her skepticism that ISIS is behind the attack is bolstered by insights from private consultant Dante Torre. The reader, however, is ahead of the leads, due to a grim prologue featuring prisoners confined to a concrete cube, including a 13-year-old referred to as "the Girl," who survives torture only to get the upper hand on their captors. Genre veterans will be wondering when this teaser will bear fruit, and when it does, the payoff isn't particularly interesting. Hopefully, Dazieri will return to form next time.