If you want to study how a novel is written, look no further than Italian newcomer Sandrone Dazieri. His American debut, Kill the Father, is impeccable, from the buildup of characters and place to the crisp narrative...Do not pass this one up; it’s a terrific crime drama.”
“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.”
—Booklist, starred review
“Dazzling ... told in brutal, often wrenching detail.”
“One of the nastier crimes in recent memory...There are twists aplenty as Dante and Colomba track down The Father, even as he spins an ever finer trap for them...A dark treat for mystery buffs.”
A breakout hit in Europe, this captivating novel keeps readers guessing and on edge until the final page. Fans of international crime novels will eagerly anticipate subsequent stories.
—Library Journal, starred review
“Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre are certainly the most audacious characters to emerge in crime fiction in many moons.... [The book] has more climaxes than a brothel on a Saturday night. It’s almost like those 15 chapter serials we saw at the movies when we were kids...with each episode ending with a cliffhanger...Dazieri is an inventive and original writer.”
—David Rothenberg on WBAI Radio
“A big psychological suspense novel that captures the reader from the first page...Shocks, surprises, horrors, twists, and revelations abound in this long, compelling thriller.”
—Otto Penzler, LitHub
“Absorbing, disturbing, clever, bizarre, original and brutal. The outline of the plot is simple, its execution thrilling.”
—The Times of London (Book of the Month)
“This [debut] introduces us to two of the most intriguing detectives to have emerged in recent years... Brutal and frighteningly realistic, it never loses its grip.”
“Already a bestseller throughout Europe, and receiving fantastic advance praise... [a] fascinatingly complex thriller.”
“An intelligent thriller... very entertaining.”
—Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
“Dark and twisty.”
—Peterborough Evening Telegraph
“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
“Sandrone Dazieri's American debut is an epic tale that surprises at every turn—a twisty, mind-boggler that introduces not one but two memorable protagonists and hurls them into circumstances that threaten both their lives and sanity. The rollercoaster ride continues to the very last page, leaving me impatient for the sequel.”
—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Guilty Minds and Suspicion
"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 Bone Collector and The Steel Kiss
"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
"Kill the Father starts with the investigation of a murder-kidnapping then shows its two intriguing heroes following surprising twists and turns to an unexpected ending. Truly original thrillers are rare, but Sandrone Dazieri has written one."
—Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Violent Crimes
“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.”
“Torre and Colomba are much more than Bonnie and Clyde. Their relationship is fragile and uniquely delicate.”
—Der Spiegel online
“Dazieri rewards his readers with an ending that will knock their socks off. Kill the Father is a compelling read, and the two main characters have the potential to go on to bigger and better things.”
“Sandrone Dazieri’s Kill the Father is a hunt without mercy. Full of surprising special effects but also flashes of sheer literary gold.”
“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
“Nail-biting tension until the very end."
Best-selling Italian author Dazieri makes his U.S. debut with this new thriller featuring two investigators who have suffered deep trauma, making it difficult for either of them to pursue a case or even trust other people. Capt. Colomba Caselli is on administrative leave following serious injuries in a horrific terrorist attack. Dante Torre was kidnapped when he was six years old and kept isolated in a concrete silo by "the father," who only gave him food and water if he was good. After 11 years Torre finally escaped and has since been trying to overcome his crippling claustrophobia by keeping his distance from people and taking a multitude of medications. Caselli and Torre are brought together when a woman is found murdered, her husband is accused of the crime, and the couple's six-year-old son goes missing. All of this sounds dangerously familiar to Torre; he is certain his old captor is back and is determined to find him before more children are harmed. VERDICT A breakout hit in Europe, this captivating novel keeps readers guessing and on edge until the final page. Fans of international crime novels will eagerly anticipate subsequent stories.—Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA
Dear old dad is a bit of a psychopath, and it's up to a damaged dynamic duo to stop him from committing more mayhem.In this American debut by much-published Italian novelist and screenwriter Dazieri, two sleuths join forces in Rome and set about solving one of the nastier crimes in recent memory: a woman is decapitated, and her son is spirited away by a mysterious figure. All fingers point to an obvious suspect, but Dante Torre and Colomba Caselli know better. Colomba, herself "a woman warrior who rode stallions bareback and cut her enemies' heads off with a scimitar"—figuratively, that is—has been taking time off from the metro police force after one trauma-induced panic attack too many. Dante, for his part, has himself spent time in the custody of the sinister bad guy known as The Father, who once fancied himself an in loco parentis sort of surrogate but hasn't much been heard of since escaping from the law and has "been on the loose for thirty-five years committing all kinds of foul crimes." There are twists aplenty as Dante and Colomba track down The Father, even as he spins an ever finer trap for them: there's the chance that Dante wasn't the only kidnapped boy to have gotten away from his evil warden, and then there's the presence of a creepy German guy with a tattoo that, in a nice nod to historical amnesia and modern corporatism, "depicted a small blue bird that vaguely resembled the Twitter logo." Can Dante fend off his well-earned claustrophobia and Colomba her freakouts long enough to lasso Pops before he slips away to set up psycho shop in another country? Will we ever learn what motivates The Father to his unfatherly acts? It's worth sticking with Dazieri's yarn to find out, with a plotline as involved and involving as Jean-Christophe Grangé's kindred whodunit The Crimson Rivers. Though following a path well-worn by the likes of Stephen King and Stieg Larsson, a dark treat for mystery buffs.