The Mannequin Man by Luca di Fulvio
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Luca di Fulvio

The Mannequin Man
(L'impagliatore)

(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)
THEME
 © 2004
English Translation ©2005

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BIO
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.