A gripping thriller inside Rome’s and the Vatican’s hall of power
Rome. Matteo Salvini’s government went down after a boat of migrants sank in front of a closed port. A new government is in power, supported by the Democratic Party and the Popolo dell’Onestà. The Prime Minister, however, is weak and the new Minister of the Interior is planning to provoke a take-over. In this fragile political scenario, Cardinal Michelangelo Aldrovandi, the only conservative who had earned the Pope’s trust, is found dead in mysterious circumstances. The scandal is covered up. But Sister Remedios, the nun who was taking care of him, finds a cell phone; on the device there are four photos containing a detail that would directly compromise the emerging leader of the Popolo dell’Onestà. When the phone is unfortunately lost, many people start looking for it: many would be willing to kill over those photos, which could topple both the government and the Vatican. And people end up being killed or killing themselves. The secret service enters the scene, along with the Vatican Gendarmerie, an old senator who knows everything about everyone, and a murderer with a weird habit and a weight on his conscience. There is also a former spy, Leone Di Castro, known as Gricia for his voracity; he teams up with Sister Remedios, forming an investigative duo that is underestimated, and therefore full of surprises.
Aldo Cazzullo (Alba, 1966) is a special correspondent for the newspaper “Corriere della Sera”. His immensely popular essays on history and Italian identity have sold over a million copies. He is also the author of the novel La mia anima è ovunque tu sia (2011).
Fabrizio Roncone (Rome, 1963) is a special correspondent for the newspaper “Corriere della Sera”. His previous noir La paura ti trova was published in 2016 by Rizzoli.