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La bambina senza il sorriso

La bambina senza il sorriso

A story of fathers and children that flows, like the Sebeto, a lost river buried under the streets of Naples, beneath the surface of legitimate lives, only to reemerge in the shadows.

Chiaretta is nine years old and can’t smile. And although she can laugh, no one can see her do it. As the result of a birth defect, she remains stony-faced when the response is triggered in her brain. There’s only one person who can see when she’s laughing: her father, Carmine. No one but him.One morning in March, while they’re taking a stroll in the old Spanish Quarter of Naples, Chiaretta suddenly loses sight of her father. He vanishes. No one is much bothered: it’s not the first time in the last few years that Carmine has disappeared and then returned home. But Chiaretta is worried and she tries to find out what’s happened to him. She ends up knocking at the door of Tony Perduto, a freelance journalist living alone in the Spanish Quarter. Tony is suspicious to when he opens the door to her, but then he listens to her tale and gets i). sucked into a mystery. Little by little, reluctantly and in opposition to everyone, he begins to build a meticulous investigation, guided only by his curiosity, against the background of the teeming voices that animate the alleyways of Naples.

Genre: Murder Mystery/Horror

Publishing house:

Marsilio Editori

Year of publication: 2020

Published in: Venezia

Number of pages: 480

Price: 16,00

ISBN: 978-88-297-0513-9

La bambina senza il sorriso

Antonio Menna

ANTONIO MENNA is a professional journalist. He has written Se Steve Jobs fosse nato a Napoli (Sperling & Kupfer), Tre terroni a zonzo (Sperling & Kupfer), and Il mistero dell’orso marsicano ucciso come un boss ai Quartieri Spagnoli (Guanda) which was also published in French by Éditions Liana Levi. The French edition was nominated by the weekly journal Le Point as one of the best five European detective novels published in France in 2015.