The Lost Girls of Rome [NOOK Book]

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A grieving young widow, seeking answers to her husband's death, becomes entangled in an investigation steeped in the darkest mysteries of Rome.

Sandra Vega, a forensic analyst with the Roman police department, mourns deeply for a marriage that ended too soon. A few months ago, in the dead of night, her husband, an up-and-coming journalist, plunged to his death at the top of ...
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The Lost Girls of Rome

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Overview

A grieving young widow, seeking answers to her husband's death, becomes entangled in an investigation steeped in the darkest mysteries of Rome.

Sandra Vega, a forensic analyst with the Roman police department, mourns deeply for a marriage that ended too soon. A few months ago, in the dead of night, her husband, an up-and-coming journalist, plunged to his death at the top of a high-rise construction site. The police ruled it an accident. Sanda is convinced it was anything but.

Launching her own inquiries, Sanda finds herself on a dangerous trail, working the same case that she is convinced led to her husband's murder. An investigation which is deeply entwined with a series of disappearances that has swept the city, and brings Sandra ever closer to a centuries-old secret society that will do anything to stay in the shadows.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
11/01/2013
Multiple story lines weave a complicated web in this psychological thriller from Italian author Carrisi (The Whisperer). Forensic analyst Sandra Vega has been a widow for just five short months when she receives a phone call insinuating that her photographer husband's death may not have been the unfortunate accident she believes it to be. Driven by photographic clues and a cryptic message he left behind, Sandra heads to Rome in search of his killer and becomes entangled with an Interpol agent who seems to cause as many problems as he solves. Meanwhile, a woman has vanished without a trace, and Marcus, an amnesiac, is on the hunt to find her for reasons he's learning as he goes. While Marcus struggles to understand his role in solving violent crimes and remember who he used to be, his path crosses Sandra's. The two realize that while their ultimate goals are different, they are closely linked. VERDICT With a lot of separate subplots, intricate details, and twists, this novel has plenty for readers to follow, but those who can keep up will be rewarded with a satisfying conclusion. [For more Italian crime thrillers, see David Keymer's "Crime, Italian-Style" roundup, LJ 10/15/13.]—Madeline Solien, Deerfield P.L., IL
Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
Carrisi (The Whisperer) takes an unsparing look at the nature of evil and guilt in this fascinating, if meandering, thriller. Sandra Vega, a forensic photographer with the Milan police, refuses to believe the official ruling that her photojournalist husband David Leoni’s death five months earlier was accidental. And what was David doing at a high-rise construction site in Rome during the middle of the night before he took his fatal plunge? Sandra’s investigation leads her to the penitenzieri, a secret Catholic sect whose members categorize every major crime and often mete out their own punishments. Sandra joins forces with the enigmatic Marcus, who’s trying to find a young woman he believes to be the fifth victim abducted by a serial killer. The shifts between past and present make the complex plot, which moves at a halting pace, hard to follow. The story is strongest when Sandra and Marcus pursue separate trails leading toward the surprising climax. Agent: Markus Hoffmann, Regal Literary Agency. (Nov.)
Michael Connelly
PRAISE FOR THE WHISPERER:

"One hell of a ride. This story screams high tension, high stakes and high velocity. Superb."

BookPage
"Intricate plotting. Major surprises."
Will Lavender
"Brutally awesome--Thomas Harris by way of Ian Rankin."
Ken Follett
"Brilliant and very creepy. A great book."
Michael Koryta
"Donato Carrisi has a unique gift for blending fascinating forensic detail, mind-bending plot twists, and empathetic characters into a seamless, powerful narrative. THE WHISPERER intrigues, informs, and haunts simultaneously, a novel that will linger in the mind long after you've finished."
From the Publisher
"The crime novels imported from Europe in the last few years have been a mixed lot, too often favoring atmosphere over plot, but in his second book Donato Carrisi strikes the balance perfectly...Sandra and Marcus are both likeable and intelligent, and the book's multiple storylines find their resolution nicely."—Charles Finch, USA Today (3/4 stars)

"Masterful. With each chapter, THE LOST GIRLS OF ROME jumps from one plotline to the next, back and forth between the present and one year ago. Carrisi uses this device to full advantage, building suspense to almost unbearable (and perhaps supernatural) levels, all the way to a truly surprising ending."—Bruce Tierney, BookPage

"Very well written. Reminiscent of books like Carlos Ruiz Zafón's classic The Shadow of the Wind, Carrisi's work has a dreamy, other worldly feel about it; the prose is literate, lyrical, knowing, dense without being wordy, erudite without being pretentious."—Hank Wagner, Mystery Scene

"With references to the Monster of Florence, a medieval serial murderer, and a secret Vatican sect, Carrisi's literary thriller draws readers into a labyrinth of evil. Carrisi writes beautifully [and] intimately appreciates Rome, its chapels, its narrow alleyways, its fountains and gardens. A powerful psychological drama."
Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"With a lot of separate subplots, intricate details, and twists, this novel has plenty for readers to follow, but those who can keep up will be rewarded with a satisfying conclusion."—Library Journal

PRAISE FOR THE WHISPERER:

"One hell of a ride. This story screams high tension, high stakes and high velocity. Superb."—Michael Connelly

"Brilliant and very creepy. A great book."—Ken Follett

"Donato Carrisi has a unique gift for blending fascinating forensic detail, mind-bending plot twists, and empathetic characters into a seamless, powerful narrative. THE WHISPERER intrigues, informs, and haunts simultaneously, a novel that will linger in the mind long after you've finished."—Michael Koryta

"Brutally awesome—Thomas Harris by way of Ian Rankin."—Will Lavender

Bruce Tierney
"Masterful. With each chapter, THE LOST GIRLS OF ROME jumps from one plotline to the next, back and forth between the present and one year ago. Carrisi uses this device to full advantage, building suspense to almost unbearable (and perhaps supernatural) levels, all the way to a truly surprising ending."
Hank Wagner
"Very well written. Reminiscent of books like Carlos Ruiz Zafón's classic The Shadow of the Wind, Carrisi's work has a dreamy, other worldly feel about it; the prose is literate, lyrical, knowing, dense without being wordy, erudite without being pretentious."
Charles Finch
"The crime novels imported from Europe in the last few years have been a mixed lot, too often favoring atmosphere over plot, but in his second book Donato Carrisi strikes the balance perfectly...Sandra and Marcus are both likeable and intelligent, and the book's multiple storylines find their resolution nicely."
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-10-01
With references to the Monster of Florence, a medieval serial murderer, and a secret Vatican sect, Carrisi's (The Whisperer, 2012) second literary thriller draws readers into a labyrinth of evil. In his derelict Rome villa, Jeremiah Smith lies comatose, "Kill Me" carved in his chest. The emergency responder physician begins working and then sees evidence that Smith is her twin sister's killer. With that, Carrisi's noir narrative descends into surrealism, soon drawing in Sandra Vega, police forensic analyst. Sandra's husband, David, a freelance photojournalist with a penchant for danger, died five months earlier in a fall from a Rome building. Or was David pushed? Perhaps the penitenzieri know? The secret sect, remnants of the 12th-century Paenitentiaria Apostolica--The Tribunal of Souls--keeps "the largest and most up-to-date archive of evil in the world. Evils abound beyond Smith's murders, and a penitenzieri may be entangled. Sandra stumbles upon Marcus, an amnesiac penitenzieri, and they confront other killings, past and current. Astor Boyash arranges a boy's assassination to procure a heart for his grandson. Raffeale Altieri kills his father to avenge his mother. Paraplegic Frederico Noni kills his sister because she discovers his deadly perversion; and blind, retired detective Pietro Zinni kills Frederico because Pietro felt pity for Frederico originally. Carrisi writes beautifully--"Obedient little flames that bow their heads in unison at each draught"--and intimately appreciates Rome, its chapels, its narrow alleyways, its fountains and gardens. Confronting human depravity in a story shifting from the current day to the recent past, Carrisi's second interwoven narrative thread follows a nameless hunter pursuing a transformist, a chameleonlike serial killer able to assume a victim's personality. The appearance of mysterious Thomas Schalber, Interpol undercover agent, adds complexity, but it's Marcus and the other penitenzieri, "guards appointed to defend the border" at the "place where the world of light meets the world of darkness," who inhabit the bloody ground where good and evil clash. A powerful psychological drama.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316246811
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 48,058
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Donato Carrisi studied law and criminology before he began working as a writer for television. THE WHISPERER, Carrisi's first novel, won five international literary prizes, has been sold in nearly twenty countries, and has been translated into languages as varied as French, Danish, Hebrew and Vietnamese. Carrisi lives in Rome.
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