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Summary

'The rock cast a sharp, dark shadow over a shape huddled on the ground. Please don’t let it be the boy, Colomba thought. Her silent prayer didn't go unanswered. The corpse belonged to the mother.'

When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman's husband and await his confession. But the Chief of Rome's Major Crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy's top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed through the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself 'The Father', Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyper-observant capacities.

All evidence suggests that 'The Father' is back and active after being dormant for decades. But when Colomba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what's really going on is darker than they ever imagined.

Kill the Angel, the sequel to Kill the Father, publishes in May 2018.

This unabridged audio version is read by Cassandra Campbell.   

©2014 Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.; 2017 Antony Shugaar (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Great

Classy thriller with lots to it - never bored me once and lots of unpredictable moments and events which kept it fresh. A fairly deep look at trauma in some ways as well, which is refreshing compared with books where people seem to suffer appallingly and bounce back with a few sleepless nights and a booze problem.

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very good book

this book is very well written and excellently read the change of voices the the reader does is very good. I would throughly recommend this book to be listened to

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Brilliant!

The crime/thriller genre in absolute perfection.

Finished it in less than two days, and left still wanting more. Addictive through to the end.

Great translation, retaining some typically Italian turns of phrase. Really accomplished performance (once you get used to the north American accent in a European setting).

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  • Port Talbot
  • 07-05-17

Kill the Father - Not bad not good

Kill the Father - Not bad not good
The storyline was different hence the 3 stars but the female detective who was suppose to be tough sounded weak, this was because I think the narrators voice was too weak sounding

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Disappointing

I found this story very long winded - it went on for far too long and I lost interest in the conclusion in the end.

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  • 08-04-18

Hard work

I don’t like to be mean, but after 2 hours I had to send it back .

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Awful .

If anyone were to be looking for examples of the cliche , look no further , this is nothing but a dictionary of cliche's , it fails in every way . It's a typical token foul mouth female detective supposedly very tough , but , she is nothing but an incompetent , emotional basket case having panic attacks at every vital moment . It just goes on and on boring the listener to tears , it did me anyway . Can't believe this was offered for sale , I will return for a refund , save yourself the time , life's too short to be listening to this rubbish .

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A great story

Very enjoyable read with good character depth and enough twist & turns to keep you guessing. bet nicely read too.

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A terrific and gripping book performed really well

i really enjoyed this book and will look for others by the same author

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great story

really enjoyed this book and cant wait for the next one. Narration not great, all italian characters but narrator had an american accent. i found this slightly irritating. love how the two main characters had their own internal personal battles but did not give up. very powerful messsages about self determination and fighting for the greater good