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Author: Giuseppe Genna Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455180400
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Politics, terror, and spellbinding literary gamesmanship are at the heart of this daring fiction debut.

Set in fogbound, wintry Milan, In the Name of Ishmael is the story of a secret cult of assassins and the two detectives who set out to reveal the true identity of Ishmael, the group’s heavily protected and enigmatic leader.

Expertly weaving a story from apparently unmatched threads in two separate time periods—mysterious murders, a series of seemingly unconnected assassinations, the accident that killed Princess Diana, a bizarre sadomasochistic secret society, and the death of an Italian press magnate—Genna crafts a chilling and utterly compelling tale of political conspiracy and serial murder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Can stop the reader cold with a single image.”

    New Yorker

  • “As Genna spins his linked stories of murder and organized crime, he weaves a web of mind games, trickery and looming threat.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] flawless reading by Grover Gardner, whose pace, nuance, and skill with Italian—and later on with French, German, and Belgian—bespeak an almost native fluency.”


  • “This wildly complex thriller, combining the precision of Day of the Jackal with the eerie paranoia of The Manchurian Candidate, concocts the ultimate conspiracy theory.”


  • “Narrator Gardner demonstrates considerable competence and generates substantial excitement in his reading of this gripping mystery.”

    American Library Association

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/23/2008

    " Interesting to see how the rest of the world views us (Americans)...A little tough keeping track of two time periods/storylines but worth the effort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya | 12/14/2005

    " blah blah blah. I just couldn't get into this book. Maybe I'll try reading it instead of listening to it. I didn't realize until more than half way through that there were two storylines/time periods going one. It was slow and confusing. My subscription expired and I'm not renewing it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grace | 8/5/2005

    " Poorly translated. Relies too much on a literal translation and this often confuses the narrative. "

About the Author

Giuseppe Genna was born in Milan in 1969. He has worked in Italian television and was the editor-in-chief of Poesia, a literary journal. In the Name of Ishmael is his first US publication.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.