Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

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(Primary agent: Grandi & Associati)
USA: Scribner, January 2017
UK: Simon & Schuster, February 2017
Canada: Simon & Schuster, January 2017
Albania: Ombra GVG, November 2015
Czech Republic: Albatros
France: Laffont, October 2015
Germany: Piper, March 2015
Greece: Patakis, February 2017
Hungary: Müvelt Nép
Italy: Mondadori, May 2014
Japan: Hayakawa, September 2016
Netherlands: Xander
Poland: Sonia Draga
Romania: Crime Scene Press, October 2016
Russia: Azbooka
Serbia: Vulkan
Spain: Alfaguara Negra, June 2015
Turkey: MonoKL Yayinlari


Sandrone Dazieri
(Photo: Moris Puccio)

Sandrone Dazieri is the bestselling author of eight novels and more than fifty screenplays. Kill the Father, the first in a series featuring Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre, is his American debut. Rights to volume two have been sold in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, and Japan, based on a partial manuscript. His Italian, Spanish and French publishers had bought volume three sight unseen.

Kill the Father

a novel by Sandrone Dazieri


    Kill the Father is absorbing, disturbing, clever, bizarre, original and brutal. The outline of the plot is simple, its execution thrilling.”— THE TIMES, LONDON, “Crime Round-Up Book of the Month”

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In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team 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 unit assigned to the case sees 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 spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed through the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself “The Father,” Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyper-observant capacities.

All evidence suggests that the Father is back and active after being dormant for decades. Indeed, he has left tell-tale signs that signal he’s looking forward to a reunion with Dante. But when Columba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what’s really going on is darker than they ever imagined.


“If you want to study how a novel is written, look no further than Italian newcomer Sandrone Dazieri. His American deput, 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.”— DURANGO TELEGRAPH

“An emotional and complex thriller that delves into increasingly dark territory, and won’t let you go until you finish.”— THE CRIME REVIEW

“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

“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.”— KIRKUS REVIEWS

“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

Kill the Father drew me in from the opening pages with writing so detailed and expressive I didn’t have a choice but to keep turning the pages as fast as possible…Loved it!!…I’ll be waiting with fingers crossed that we haven’t seen the last of Dante and Columba!”— IT'S BOOK TALK

“Not since Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs has there been as intriguing a pairing of hard-charging female detective and ‘damaged’ savant, and not since Jo Nesbo has there been a foreign thriller talent as promising.”— THE DARK SIDE

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 the Numbered Account and Rules of Deception

“A complex, multi-layered mystery with a hooking, fast-paced plot that requires all of your attention…told in rich, often sickening, detail and Dazieri always sets the scene vividly. Kill the Father is only the first instalment of what promises to be a brilliant series.”— CULTURE FLY

“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 The Bone Collector and The Steel Kiss

“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

“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

“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 VERDAN, internationally bestselling author of Think of a Number, Shut Your Eyes Tight, Peter Pan Must Die and Wolfe Lake

“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

“A densely plotted race against time…. Nastily addictive.”— METRO (UK)

“This is a clever and, at times, deeply moving thriller. I loved it.”— CRIME SQUAD (UK)

“This [debut] inroduces us to two of the most intriguing detectives to have emerged in recent years.… Brutal and frighteningly realistic, it never loses its grip.”— DAILY MAIL

“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

“Kill the Father is one hell of a roller-coaster ride of a book! Brutal and gritty, but ultimately gripping, it is the story of the hunt to catch a sadistic kidnapper who refers to himself as The Father.… While not for the faint hearted, Kill the Father is a film, or possible drama series, in the making. With talk of more books planned for future series between the wonderfully drawn Dante Torre and Colomba Caselli, I foresee big things for this thrilling masterpiece.”— BOOK WORM MOMMY

“This is a complex and well written thriller with a really intricate plot, and one I really enjoyed reading.… The story really packs a punch with excellent characterization.… The writing is brilliant and very rich in detail…a great quality and well-written thriller!”— SNAZZY BOOKS

“The characterization in Kill the Father is absolutely top-notch…there is so much detail in the novel, and the tension ebs and flows as our protagonists encounter increasingly dangerous situations throughout the course of their investigation.… Kill the Father is a brilliant police procedural.”— JO'S BOOK BLOG

“A unique and compelling read…an action-packed and fast-paced thriller.… One-of-a-kind and beautifully penned, this is one book that should top everyone's reading list this year.”— UNITED BY POP

“Already a bestseller throughout Europe, and receiving fantastic advance praise… [a] fascinatingly complex thriller.”— i NEWSPAPER

“Dazzling U.S. debut…told in brutal, often wrenching detail.”— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“An intelligent thriller.… Very entertaining.”— JAKE KERRIDGE in Sunday Express


“This book had me hooked right from the start. The suspense started early and it did not let up until literally the final chapter…. Kill the Father has restored my love for the genre!”— BIG CITY BOOKWORM

“Kill the Father is an amazing book…every word packed a punch and every chapter left you at the edge of a cliff. Sometimes you just couldn’t help but wonder if it was legal to have characters hanging by a thread so often throughout a story.”— BOOKIDOTE

“Kill the Father kept the reader captivated, it possessed intense action and sharp turns were present at every corner…. A one-of-a-kind plot that I’ve never seen in a book before.”— BIBLIO VIRGO

“If you pick up Kill the Father, and I recommended that you do, you’ll be in for a quite a ride and you won’t be disappointed. I cannot wait for the second book in the Colomba Caselli series to be translated to English. It’s either that or I’ll have to learn to read Italian.”— LET’S TAKE A SHELFIE

“Dazieri paints a harrowing picture of what it’s like to be kept captive…. [He] does a great job of making Dante and Colomba’s realities real for us.”— LITERARY TREATS


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“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

“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.”— GIOIA

“Twists and turns, a hectic pace and a sharp, rapid-fire, winning writing style guarantee that the reader can never put the book down.”— IL MANIFESTO

“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.”— KRIMI-COUCH.DE

“Sandrone Dazieri’s Kill the Father is a hunt without mercy. Full of surprising special effects but also flashes of sheer literary gold.”— KRIMIBLOCK.DE

“Nail-biting tension until the very end.”— RADIO WDR



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