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The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi

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The Whisperer – Donato Carrisi
Translated from the Italian by Shaun Whiteside
Published by Abacus in 2011

The Whisperer begins with two startling discoveries which are interlinked throughout the book. The first is a letter from the Director of a prison to the District Attorney informing him of the “strange case of one of the inmates”. Prisoner RK-357/9 has refused to supply any personal information and was arrested wandering at night – alone and naked. His fingerprints are not matched with any criminal activity, either recent or cold case. He has one particular trait – he is constantly removing any evidence that could be used to track his identity by fastidiously cleaning everything he comes into contact with.

The second discovery is that of six severed arms buried in a forest clearing - belonging to missing young girls. The novel intricately interweaves the two strands which culminates in an ending that leaves one guessing to the very end.

This debut novel has become a record breaking bestseller and multiple literary prize winner since first published in Italy in 2009 and then in Great Britain in 2010.

‘Gruesome and gripping ….. a taut psychological thriller’ The Times

‘Gripping, multi-layered and difficult to put down, this is a top class literary thriller’ Choice

'Gripping from the off, The Whisperer plays all sorts of games with the reader, but, crucially, doesn't let you down when it comes to the pay-off' Evening Herald

Donato Carrisi was born in 1973 and studied law and criminology. Since 1999 he has been working as a TV screenwriter. He lives in Rome