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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52 ratings) (rate this audio book) 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

Listener Opinions

  • 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. "

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About the Author
Author Giuseppe Genna

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 eight hundred 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 thirty-seven Earphones Awards.