POWERFUL PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER IN WHICH A DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONER, MARA, BECOMES EMBROILED IN AN INVESTIGATION THAT LEADS HER TO A DEADLY SECRET THAT HAD BEEN BURIED FOR DECADES.
When deputy police commissioner Mara Tusciano finds herself face to face with the dead body of the beautiful Alessia Doriani, officially a classics undergraduate but in truth a sought-after professional escort, she presumes it's just another murder case. And it might've been, if it hadn't been for a grain of sand which works its insidious way into the mechanics of the investigation, as dangerously as a deadly virus, intent on convincing Mara that nothing is as it seems. In a city battered by rain, at times violently, at others lightly but insistently, as if trying to wash away the filth that has invaded the streets and souls of Messina's inhabitants, the investigation gradually sucks the deputy commissioner into a dangerous and harrowing game of mirrors. As time passes, she becomes implicated both privately and personally, leaving her no choice but to face the shadows of her own tormented past.
Mario Falcone has followed up his debut novel, L'Alba Nera, with a return to his homeland, Messina, where he sets a compelling story that ends up laying bare a brutal secret.
Mario Falcone was born in Messina in 1952 and now lives and works in Rome. One of Italy's most talented scriptwriters, he wrote several of the country's most successful television dramas, including Padre Pio, Ferrari, Cuore, La guerra è finita, De Gasperi, Einstein and Anita Garibaldi. He is currently working on the script for Francesco, to be produced by Liliana Cavani. His debut novel, L'alba nera, was published in 2008 by Fazi Editore. The Bitter Truth (original title: L'amara verità) has been published in 2013.
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