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108,000 words
Manuscript available April 30, 2019


(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
TV: Entertainment One (eOne)


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, and the series has been optioned by Entertainment One (eOne).

King of Diamonds

a novel by Sandrone Dazieri



King of Diamonds - Italian edition

Colomba Caselli is no longer a policewoman. It has been eighteen months since a stranger almost killed her and kidnapped Dante Torre. Eighteen months in which she spends her time trying to recover from the horrific events.

Tormented by insomnia and panic attacks, Colomba does not want to let violence re-enter her life, but it has a way of finding her when, in the aftermath of a terrible snowstorm, Colomba finds in her toolshed a nearly frozen autistic boy who is in shock and smeared with blood. Tommy—as she calls the boy—is the only survivor of a family massacre, the scenario eerily similar to Colomba’s dealings with the Father, the kidnapper and serial murderer whom she killed years ago. Try as she might, there is no denying it: someone is following in his footsteps.

Is Tommy the first part of a mystery that draws her into the past, and could he be the key to discovering where Dante is being imprisoned? While Colomba pieces together the clues, Dante, meanwhile, is in the fight of his life as he struggles to survive.

In the third and last part of the trilogy that started with Kill the Father, Sandrone Dazieri, master of the Italian psychological thriller, builds a maze of mirrors and deceptions, of twists and turns that follow one another page after page until the disturbing finale.


“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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