In the Name of Ishmael by Giuseppe Genna

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Politics, terror, and spellbinding literary gamesmanship are at the heart of a daring ction debut-already a best-seller in Italy. A dark, complex thriller 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 an intriguing and utterly compelling tale of political conspiracy and serial murder. Genna interlaces fact and invention so intricately that politicians and hired assassins, presidents and murderers, familiar history and scary conspiracies mingle to genuinely chilling effect. A bold page-turner that recalls both Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal, In the Name of Ishmael reads as both a stunning work of literary ction and a gripping whodunit.

About Giuseppe Genna

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Genna was born in Milan in 1969. He has worked in Italian television and was the editor-in-chief of Poesia, a literary journal. Ann Goldstein is the award-winning translator of fifteen books. She is an editor at The New Yorker magazine.
Published July 16, 2003 by Miramax. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It is a fusion of two structures - intelligence and the parareligious - and this fictional Kissinger is now in danger of being added to the list of political victims because Ishmael has transcended its origins.

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A terrorist gang headed by the mysterious Ishmael of the title is the target of two police investigations, one in 1962 and the other in 2001, in this intricate novel of suspense and intrigue set in Milan.

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But IN THE NAME OF ISHMAEL slows in the telling when the concept of Ishmael is introduced.

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