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The Lost Girls of Rome

Hardcover, 11/19/13

ISBN 978-0-316-24679-8

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A grieving young widow, seeking answers to her husband’s death, becomes entangled in an investigation steeped in the darkest mysteries of Rome.

Sandra Vega, a forensic analyst with the Roman police department, mourns deeply for a marriage that ended too soon. A few months ago, in the dead of night, her husband, an up-and-coming journalist, plunged to his death at the top of a high-rise construction site. The police ruled it an accident. Sanda is convinced it was anything but.

Launching her own inquiries, Sanda finds herself on a dangerous trail, working the same case that she is convinced led to her husband’s murder. An investigation which is deeply entwined with a series of disappearances that has swept the city, and brings Sandra ever closer to a centuries-old secret society that will do anything to stay in the shadows.

“Fantastic . . . Carrisi’s work has a dreamy, other worldly feel about it; the prose is literate, lyrical, knowing . . . Sample its myriad, labyrinthine pleasures for yourself. . . . You will also be exhilarated, happy to have just participated in a dark, compelling exploration of the nature of human evil.” —Mystery Scene

“The intersection of [the] plotlines is a given; the seamless manner in which they do so is masterful. With each chapter, The Lost Girls of Rome jumps from one plotline to the next, back and forth between the present and one year ago. Carrisi uses this device to full advantage, building suspense to almost unbearable (and perhaps supernatural) levels, all the way to a truly surprising ending.” —BookPage

“A powerful psychological drama . . . Carrisi writes beautifully [and] intimately appreciates Rome.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)


“One hell of a ride. This story screams high tension, high stakes and high velocity. Superb.”—Michael Connelly

“Brilliant and very creepy. A great book.”—Ken Follett

Donato Carrisi studied law and criminology before he began working as a writer for television. THE WHISPERER, Carrisi’s first novel, won five international literary prizes, has been sold in nearly twenty countries, and has been translated into languages as varied as French, Danish, Hebrew and Vietnamese. Carrisi lives in Rome.