A boat to be put back to sea, a missing diary, an old unsolved crime and a big treasure. The classic ingredients for an extraordinary adventure.
Michelangelo’s (Mongy’s) father buys an old cabin cruiser at an online auction, aimed to be both his office and their summer house, his son’s dream. Before they even go to sea, somebody phones asking if they want to sell it. During the restoration works, Mongy finds a manuscript hidden in a cabin. It tells the story of Berenson’s treasure. He soon finds out that the author is the former owner of the boat, Carlotta Joffe Berenson, a respected antique dealer who was killed in the night-time on board years before and whose murderer is still unknown. He decides to solve the mystery and especially to recover the treasure, a collection of art works smuggled by the Nazis during World War II. The enquiry is not easy at all, and the matter gets more complicated by the invisible but steady presence of an unknown man waiting apparently for the right opportunity to get what he considers his own property back.
Alessandro Zannoni, a connoisseur of Italian noir fiction, writes a story full of mystery aimed at teenagers.
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He lives and writes in Sarzana. Some of his short stories have been featured on important Italian blogs, literature magazines and anthologies. He writes for cinema and theatre. In 2002, Zannoni launched FestivalNoir in Lerici (Spezia Province) which, after six editions, has turned into the itinerant literary meetings known as Leggere fa male.