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The Mannequin Man [Paperback]

By Luca Di Fulvio & Patrick McKeown (Translator)
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"Di Fulvio exposes souls with the skills of a surgeon. It's like turning the pages of something forbidden-seductive, elegant and dangerous."-Alan Rickman

"A wonderful first novel that will seduce the fans of deranged murderers in the style of Hannibal Lecter. And beautifully written to boot."-RTL

"A novel that caresses and kisses in order to violate the reader with greater ease."-Rolling Stone

"A powerful psycho-thriller of spine-shivering intensity. Written with immense intelligence and passionate menace. Not to be read alone at night."-The Times

"Know why she's smiling?" he asked, pointing a small torch at the corpse. "Fish hooks. Two fish hooks at the corners of her mouth, a bit of nylon, pull it round the back of the head and tie a knot. Pretty straightforward, right?" Amaldi noticed the metallic glint at the corners of the taut mouth.

Inspector Amaldi has enough problems: a city choked by a pestilent rubbish strike, a beautiful student harassed by a telephone stalker, a colleague dying of cancer, and the mysterious disappearance of arson files concerning the city's orphanage. Then the mutilated bodies begin to appear.

This novel of violence and decay, with its vividly portrayed characters, takes place over a few oppressive weeks in an unnamed Italian city that strongly evokes Genoa. A finalist for the European Crime Writing Prize.

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Pages   369
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN  1904738133  
ISBN13  9781904738138  

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Fulvio revels in the complexity of the human animal  Feb 20, 2007
Three citizens are slaughtered in the woods outside an unnamed Italian metropolis, for no apparent reason. The world weary Inspector Almadi, however, knows from sad experience that there's always a reason, it's just that you sometimes need to examine the evidence from obscure angles in order to discern it. Indeed, he's already starting to identify with the killer after only a few minutes on the scene, his instincts telling him that the killer will strike again soon. When he does, Almadi can only hope that he leaves additional clues that will enable the policeman to penetrate deeper into the killer's twisted psyche. What Almadi cannot know is the sheer number of distractions he will have to cope with--among them a citywide garbage strike, an old case that refuses to go away, an ailing colleague, and a new romance--before he finally confronts his quarry.

One of the myriad things Luca di Fulvio does well is to draw readers into his story; there's an immediacy to his writing that leaves readers feeling as if they had actually witnessed the events which transpire. Di Fulvio also revels in the complexity of the human animal--his characters never fail to surprise. The author seems to be saying that you just never know exactly whom you're dealing with--appealing surface traits may conceal abhorrent characteristics, undesirable traits may cause you to reject someone who ultimately proves worthy of your trust and respect. This uncertainty adds yet another layer of tension and suspense to this well- written, well-wrought thriller.
excellent Italian serial killer thriller   Dec 27, 2006
In Italy, his passion is taxidermy. He accomplishes his craft in two clever steps. First he captures his prey and then he completes the conversion. Both stages provide his sadistic tendencies with euphoria as he appreciates the kill as much if not more so than the transformation. Still he remains ever diligent and careful not to make any mistakes especially since some of his subjects are human though he leaves behind mutilated corpses using taxidermist threads to complete his trophy.

Chief Inspector Giacomo Amaldi knows he is dealing with a brilliant serial killer at a time when he already feels overwhelmed. The garbage strike has turned the city into a big dump, making all investigations smell worse than usual while a questionable fire at the nearby orphanage should be tying up his time. Instead he walks amongst the trash seeking clues to a deadly killer one stitch at a time.

THE MANNEQUIN MAN is an excellent Italian serial killer thriller that uses satirical symbolism to delineate the human condition. Amaldi is a fascinating character as he wades through garbage in search of clues that will enable him to identify the killing taxidermist while his adversary is brilliant at both of his crafts. Police procedural fans will want to follow the Chief Inspector as he struggles to separate the trash from the clues.

Harriet Klausner

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