In this wildly inventive and powerfully intense thriller, which is already an international publishing sensation, two people, both shattered by their pasts, team up to solve a series of killings and abductions—a ruthlessly planned escalation that turns out to be merely the visible surface of something far more sinister.

When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police investigators assigned to the case see an easy solution: they arrest the woman’s husband and await his confession. But the chief of Rome’s major crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who, as the victim of a bizarre scheme, spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Though his masked kidnapper, who called himself “the Father,” never touched him, the boy was completely cut off from the world. Dante emerged from the ordeal with crippling claustrophobia and an array of eccentricities but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and extraordinary powers of observation.

All evidence suggests that the Father is back and active after being dormant for decades. Indeed, he has left telltale signs that signal he’s looking forward to a reunion with Dante. But when Colomba and Dante follow the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what’s really going on is darker than they ever imagined. In relentlessly hunting for the truth, each will ultimately face their deepest fear.




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