Following on from Donato Carrisi’s international bestsellers, IL TRIBUNALE DELLE ANIME (THE LOST GIRLS OF ROME) and IL CACCIATORE DEL BUIO (THE HUNTER OF THE DARK), comes the long-awaited follow-up, IL MAESTRO DELLE OMBRE (THE MASTER OF SHADOWS), published by Longanesi in Italy today, with an incredible first print run of 95,000 copies.
Foreign rights to the novel have already been sold to Calmann-Lévy in France, while TV rights have been acquired by Gavila, a new film and TV production company founded by Carrisi and Colorado Film, in association with Sky Italia and Fox America.
Rome, 1511: Pope Leone X passes a bill decreeing that the city of Rome must never be left in complete darkness.
Rome, February 2015: The city is struck by a huge storm and a controlled blackout is announced, which will leave Rome in the dark for 24 hours. Ambulances and police cars will be allowed to operate during the blackout, but the use of other vehicles and all electrical devices is prohibited.
At first, the people of Rome are excited and flood the streets in a grotesque version of Carnival. But at heart they are fearful of what will happen after dark, for they know that the police cannot control the whole city. At dawn, a disturbing message is broadcast on the radio, repeating itself every ten minutes and spreading panic among the people.
Marcus, the Hunter of the Dark, who treads a fine line between good and evil, looking for the anomalies that others cannot see, is called to investigate an apparent suicide. He soon realises he has a serial killer on his hands. But someone may be trying to frame him, for his own blood keeps turning up at the crime scenes…