The Mannequin Man by Luca di Fulvio
© 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


Luca di Fulvio

The Mannequin Man

(Translated from the Italian by Patrick McKeown)

Book Description: Inspector Giacomo Amaldi is confronted with a series of murders whose victims are mutilated, the only common element being the use of taxidermist thread to stitch up the wounds. Set in a city much like Genoa this is a page turner that fascinates less by its evocation of horror than by the suspenseful plotting and the humanity of the protagonists.

Synopsis: "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." Amaldi noticed the metallic glint at the corners of the taut mouth. Inspector Amaldi had enough problems. A city choked by a rubbish strike, a beautiful student harassed by a telephone stalker, an arson case at the city orphanage. Then the mutilated bodies begin to appear.
(© Bitter Lemon Press)

Set in Genoa
(Liguria Reqion)
 © 2004
English Translation ©2005

The Italian press refers to Luca Di Fulvio as a grittier, Italian Thomas Harris and Eyes of Crystal , the film of the novel, was launched at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.