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Author: Antonio Manzini Narrator: Chris Andrew Ciulla Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Rocco Schiavone Mysteries Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9780062876447
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A clever, engaging new novel from bestselling Italian author, Antonio Manzini, following the dashing deputy police chief, Rocco Schiavone, who confronts his most riveting case ever.

It’s the bitterly cold spring season in alpine Aosta, and a girl has been kidnapped. Chiara Berguet, daughter of the owners of a local construction firm, was targeted thanks to the sizeable debt her parents owe. But like many a best-laid plan, a blown tire causes the crime to go haywire as the kidnappers’ van skids off the road and crashes into a pair of larch trees. Both the driver and his accomplice die on impact, leaving the girl in the back, gagged and bound and unable to break herself free.

Meanwhile Rocco Schiavone wakes to find himself in Anna’s apartment. She’s the best friend of his girlfriend Nora, and memories of the night before, a heated evening with Anna, return to him. As he sneaks out, he sees the first few snowstorm clouds of the spring season move across the sky, an ominous reference that something is off.

If trouble at home and a case of kidnapping weren’t enough, Rocco will eventually have to contend with Enzo Baiocchi. Rocco was the one who sent Enzo to prison, and in the process killed Enzo’s brother. Having just escaped from prison, Enzo is heading north with a newly purchased revolver and, clearly, revenge on his mind. And when an unfortunate incident of mistaken identity makes Enzo’s act of revenge even more fiendish, it also presents a gruesome scene for Rocco to discover on his return home.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The ranks of impressive Euro Noir novelists are swelled by the gritty Antonio Manzini…Diamond-hard crime writing…This is lacerating stuff.”

    Financial Times

  • “Rocco Schiavone is as bad a cop as Lt. Kojak. Dishonest, potentially violent, intolerant of the rules, he also has a talent for the job he does…An unusual character…noir with a touch of dark irony.”

    Repubblica (Rome)

  • “The complex, plausible plot is peopled with authentic characters…Conversations with colleagues and suspects are sprinkled with wit and astutely shed light on Italy’s political and cultural conundrums.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Manzini is a bestselling author in Italy, and it’s easy to see why. Chiara’s story torturously elongates time as readers suffer her bewilderment and pain, hanging on for rescue as the pages turn. This plot point alone is worth the read, with Schiavone and his hapless colleagues a bonus.”


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About the Author

Antonio Manzini is an actor, a screenwriter, a director, and the author of murder mysteries featuring Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone. Black Run was the first of these novels to be translated into English. He lives in Italy.

About the Narrator

Chris Andrew Ciulla, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a credited actor, host, voice actor, producer, boxing commentator/analyst, and radio personality. In addition to frequent film, television, and on-camera commercial work, he has voiced characters for the popular video game titles Fallout 4 and Mafia III and can be heard in national commercial campaigns. A versatile performer with over fifteen years of experience, he has dedicated his life to entertaining people.