Kill the King by Sandrone Dazieri

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(Primary agent: Grandi & Associati)
USA: Scribner
UK: Simon & Schuster
Canada: Simon & Schuster
France: Laffont
Germany: Piper
Italy: Mondadori
Japan: Hayakawa
Netherlands: Xander
Romania: Crime Scene Press
Spain: Alfaguara Negra


Author Sandrone Dazieri
(Photo: Mario Tirelli)

Sandrone Dazieri is the bestselling author of eight novels and more than fifty screenplays. Kill the Father, the first novel featuring Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre, was his American debut. Rights to volume three of the series have already been sold in ten different territories.

Kill the King

a novel by Sandrone Dazieri



“Fans of Larsson and Nesbø will hope that Dazieri changes his mind and extends the Torre/Caselli series.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS

Kill the King - US edition

From thriller master Sandrone Dazieri, here is the startling conclusion to the internationally bestselling Caselli and Torre trilogy in which two damaged but deductively brilliant detectives must sort out what is real and what is imagined.

Reeling from a deadly bombing in Venice and her investigative partner Dante’s disappearance, Detective Colomba Caselli retreats to the rural countryside outside Rome to nurse her wounds. When an apparently autistic teenager appears in her yard, covered in blood, he leads her to a brutal crime scene where nothing is what it seems. As Colomba gets pulled into the investigation and the body count spirals upward, she is implicated in the violence. Soon, she’s convinced that a powerful villain is working in the shadows to cause the carnage and frame her, but the only person who can help her is Dante—and he hasn’t been seen in over a year and is presumed dead. Colomba is sure he’s alive and out there somewhere, but will she find him before it’s too late? And can she clear her name and be free of the far-reaching legacy of the villain known as the Father?

Bursting with action, ingeniously plotted, and filled with one unexpected twist after another, Kill the King is a shocking and satisfying conclusion to this breathtakingly original crime series.


“The Caselli and Torre trilogy has been something of an international phenomenon, and with good reason. Dazieri delivers consistently exhilarating thrillers featuring an engaging pair of detectives….” — CRIMEREADS

“There is a delicious and oddly delicate madness pervading the world of Casseli and Torre, and Dazieri’s ability to paint a seemingly infinite number of atrocities, conspiracies, and brilliantly evil schemes with that palette is what makes these books so amazing. …I’m beyond sad to see this series end—but can’t wait to start again with book one because I’m dying to see all the details with knowing eyes now that I’ve seen how it all ties together!!” — ALL THINGS JILL-ELIZABETH

“A race against time that leaves the reader breathless.” — TUTTOLIBRI - LA STAMPA

“The tension never lets up in this white-knuckle page turner. A fast-paced story chock-full of intricately crafted plot twists.”— IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO

“An ingenious thriller that the reader won’t be able to put down, with one unexpected plot twist after another.” — IL FOGLIO

“An action-packed thriller with elements of pulp fiction and gothic novels.”— LA LETTURA - IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA

“The plot is highly dramatic and explosive. Dazieri eschews rigid structure in favour of a freewheeling narrative that can leave the reader spinning in his chair.” — LA LETTURA - IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA


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

“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

“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

“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

“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.”

“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

“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


“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


King of Diamonds - French edition





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