In the Name of Ishmael by Giuseppe Genna
© 2002-2017
Set in Italy

CRIMNI - Italian Noir


Paul Adam
 Unhold Trinity
Oliver Banks
 The Caravaggio Obsession
Tonino Benacquista
 Holy Smoke
Carlo Fruttero & Franco Lucentini
 The Sunday Woman
Marcello Fois
 The Advocate
Leslie Forbes
 Waking Raphael
Luca di Fulvio
 The Mannequin Man
Carlo Emilio Gadda
 That Awful Mess on Via Merulana
Giuseppe Genna
 In the Name of Ishmael
Kelly Jones
 The Lost Madonna
Amara Lakhous
 Clash of Civilizations Over An Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
Dacia Maraini
William D. Montalbano
Magdalen Nabb
  & Paolo Vagheggi
 The Prosecutor
Ottavio Cappellani
 Who Is Lou Sciortino?
 Sicilian Tragedee
Ben Pastor
 Liar Moon
Alessandro Perissinotto
 Blood Sisters
Ellis Peters
 Holiday with Violence
Juan Manuel de Prada
 The Tempest
Giampiero Rigosi
 Night Bus
Giorgio Scerbanenco
 Duca and the Milan Murders
Leonardo Sciascia
 A Man's Blessing
 Equal Danger
 The Day of the Owl
T.C. Van Adler
 St. Agatha's Breast


Giuseppe Genna


GIUSEPPE GENNA was born in Milan in 1969. He has worked in Italian television and was the editor-in-chief of Poesia, a literary journal. In the Name of Ishmael is his first U.S. publication.

Set in Milan
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In the Name of Ishmael

(Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein)

A stunning literary thriller of international political intrigue, In the Name of Ishmael features two interlocking stories that weave a gripping conspiracy plot with a serial killer narrative—culminating in a shattering climax that delivers an astonishing surprise.
Milan, 1962. David Montorsi, an earnest young police detective, is obsessed by a death that his colleagues conspicuously ignore: a child found murdered and half-buried under a World War II monument in a soccer stadium. Montorsi's investigation leads him into a world of secret assassinations and danger—engineered, it seems, by the elusive figure named Ishmael.
Milan, 2001. Another detective, Guido Lopez—jaded almost past caring—investigates the random killing of a stranger on the street. Against his will he is ensnared in a plot that leads him deep into Europe's political underworld where bizarre and ritualistic acts of sex and murder—orchestrated by Ishmael—ultimately threaten the security of the West.
In their parallel quests to uncover the identity of Ishmael, Montorsi and Lopez struggle to assemble pieces of the puzzle that connect to a series of inexplicable events, from the killing of an Italian press magnate to a sadomasochistic secret society. Both are led ever closer to the seemingly omnipotent yet invisible Ishmael—who may not only direct the deaths of innocents but determine the fates of nations.
Set in a Milan shadowed by rain, cold, and menace, as well as in Paris, Frankfurt, and Brussels, and spanning not just generations but a Europe and an America in profound conflict, In the Name of Ishamel is both an extraordinarily original thriller and a bold exploration of the hidden uses of power.
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