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Antonio Manzini - Author

About the Author

Antonio Manzini is an actor, screenwriter, director, and the author of two murder mysteries featuring Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone, Black Run is the first of these novels to be translated into English. He lives in Italy.

 

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Out of Season A Novel

Out of Season A Novel

Author: Antonio Manzini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

A clever, engaging new novel from bestselling Italian author, Antonio Manzini, following the dashing deputy police chief, Rocco Schiavone, who confronts his most riveting case ever. It's the bitterly cold spring season in alpine Aosta, and a girl has been kidnapped. Chiara Berguet, daughter of the owners of a local construction firm, was targeted thanks to the sizeable debt her parents owe. But like many a best-laid plan, a blown tire causes the crime to go haywire as the kidnappers' van skids off the road and crashes into a pair of larch trees. Both the driver and his accomplice die on impact, leaving the girl in the back, gagged and bound and unable to break herself free. Meanwhile Rocco Schiavone wakes to find himself in Anna's apartment. She's the best friend of his girlfriend Nora, and memories of the night before, a heated evening with Anna, return to him. As he sneaks out, he sees the first few snowstorm clouds of the spring season move across the sky, an ominous reference that something is off. If trouble at home and a case of kidnapping weren't enough, Rocco will eventually have to contend with Enzo Baiocchi. Rocco was the one who sent Enzo to prison, and in the process killed Enzo's brother. Having just escaped from prison, Enzo is heading north with a newly purchased revolver and, clearly, revenge on his mind. And when an unfortunate incident of mistaken identity makes Enzo's act of revenge even more fiendish, it also presents a gruesome scene for Rocco to discover on his return home.

Alte Wunden

Alte Wunden

Author: Antonio Manzini Format: eBook Release Date: 17/02/2017

Laune: legendar schlecht. Skrupel: null. Talent, Mordflle zu lsen: brillant. Zehn Paar Herrenslipper hat Rocco Schiavone an den Schnee verloren, seit er vor acht Monaten in das trostlose Aosta-Tal strafversetzt wurde. Der rmische Kommissar hasst die Klte, das Bergvolk, und vor allem hasst er seinen Job. Doch als die Schlerin Chiara nach einer Nacht in der Disco spurlos verschwindet, ist sein Ehrgeiz geweckt. Denn obwohl alles auf eine Entfhrung hindeutet, leugnen Chiaras Eltern hartnckig, dass sie Opfer eines Verbrechens wurde. Aber dann verdichten sich die Hinweise darauf, dass das Mdchen in den Bergen gefangengehalten wird. Und whrend es, mitten im Mai, erneut zu schneien beginnt, gert nicht nur Chiaras Leben in Gefahr. Denn jemand aus Roccos Vergangenheit hat noch eine Rechnung mit ihm offen

A Cold Death

A Cold Death

Author: Antonio Manzini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

Small towns can hide big secrets, but Rocco Schiavone will do whatever it takes to bring them into the light. The second novel in the internationally bestselling series from Italian crime maestro Antonio Manzini. In an elegant apartment in a chilly Alpine town a cleaning lady makes a gruesome discovery: the body of her employer hanging from a chandelier in a dark room in an apparent suicide. Working the case is Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone, banished from his beloved Rome to snowy, small-town Aosta. An incurable cynic, perpetually at war with the world - and the weather - Rocco is unconvinced that Esther killed herself. Armed with his intuition and his inimitable brand of morality, he begins to hunt for a killer. But as he digs deeper into Esther's life Rocco is increasingly troubled by personal matters: his dissatisfied girlfriend Nora; the very vocal memory of his deceased wife, Marina; and a score that still needs settling back in Rome.

Cold Death

Cold Death

Author: Antonio Manzini Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2016

Small towns can hide big secrets, but Rocco Schiavone will do whatever it takes to bring them into the light. The second novel in the internationally bestselling series from Italian crime maestro Antonio Manzini. In an elegant apartment in a chilly Alpine town a cleaning lady makes a gruesome discovery: the body of her employer hanging from a chandelier in a dark room in an apparent suicide. Working the case is Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone, banished from his beloved Rome to snowy, small-town Aosta. An incurable cynic, perpetually at war with the world - and the weather - Rocco is unconvinced that Esther killed herself. Armed with his intuition and his inimitable brand of morality, he begins to hunt for a killer. But as he digs deeper into Esther's life Rocco is increasingly troubled by personal matters: his dissatisfied girlfriend Nora; the very vocal memory of his deceased wife, Marina; and a score that still needs settling back in Rome. Small towns can hide big secrets, but Rocco will do whatever it takes to bring them into the light.

Die Kalte des Todes

Die Kalte des Todes

Author: Antonio Manzini Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2015

Er ist zynisch. Er ist brillant. Und er hat nichts zu verlieren. Rocco Schiavone ist nicht gerade das, was man einen vorbildlichen Polizisten nennen wrde. Er ist unverschmt, er verabscheut seinen Beruf - und es ist keine gute Idee, ihn vor seinem morgendlichen Joint anzusprechen. Seit der Rmer in das verschneite Aosta-Tal strafversetzt wurde, ist seine Laune so dster wie der Himmel ber den Bergen. Doch als eine junge Frau erhngt in ihrer Wohnung aufgefunden wird, ist Roccos Sprsinn geweckt. An Selbstmord glaubt er nicht: Blaue Flecken und Schrfwunden legen nahe, dass Ester Baudo geqult wurde. Ein Fall, der dem Ermittler unter die Haut geht. Und ihn zwingt, sich dem zu stellen, was er am meisten frchtet: seiner Vergangenheit. "e;Eine auerordentliche Ermittlerfigur!"e; (Andrea Camilleri)"e;Unkorrekt und jhzornig, mit einer Neigung zu Handgreiflichkeiten und einer Schwche fr die Frauen: Rocco ist etwas ganz Besonderes."e; (La Repubblica)"e;Auf diesen Ermittler wollen wir nicht mehr verzichten."e; (La Lettura)"e;Hat das Zeug zum Serienstar."e; (Pi

Black Run

Black Run

Author: Antonio Manzini Format: eBook Release Date: 28/04/2015

Already an international hit, a sly, sizzling mystery set in the Italian Alps, the first in a sensational crime series. The dark flanks of the Alps tower over everything. Wind whistles through the fir trees. An expanse of ice and snow with no end in sight. A growing stain. A mess of flesh and blood. A corpse buried six inches under the snow. Enter Rocco Schiavone, Deputy Police Chief and a man who has more beautiful women in his bed than sensible shoes under it. He's stuck in this backwards Alpine town after getting on the wrong side of the wrong people and longs for the fritto misto, cobbled streets and lucky breaks of his beloved Rome. He hates this place and the provincial locals almost as much as his superiors for their petty rules and for exiling him here. On top of that, he's got a body to deal with and this mangled corpse is "e;a pain in the ass, number 10 on the scale, summa cum laude"e;... There is blood on the black run and nothing to identify the victim but a tattoo of Luisa Pec, owner of a bar popular with the locals and a pair of blue eyes popular with Rocco. Was it a crime of passion? Or of jealousy? And how are the mafia involved? Rocco Schivone is on the case, the first in a sensational new crime series.

Der Gefrierpunkt des Blutes

Der Gefrierpunkt des Blutes

Author: Antonio Manzini Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2014

Kalte Fue, schlechte LauneRocco Schiavone wird strafversetzt, ausgerechnet in das verschneite Aosta-Tal. Ein Albtraum fr den rmischen Kommissar. Erst, als auf der Skipiste eine Leiche gefunden wird, zermalmt von einer Schneeraupe, ist sein Ehrgeiz geweckt. Steckt eine Beziehungstat dahinter oder das organisierte Verbrechen? Doch Rocco hat nicht nur mit dem verschwiegenen Bergvolk zu kmpfen, sondern auch mit widrigen Wetterverhltnissen, die ihn zwingen, seine Lederslipper gegen unfrmige Moonboots einzutauschen. Eine Zumutung, die sich nur mit jeder Menge Grappa ertragen lsst Eine auerordentliche Ermittlerfigur."e; (Andrea Camilleri)"e;Er ist sarkastisch, zynisch, untreu, er raucht gern Gras und er hasst seinen Beruf: Rocco Schiavone sprengt alle Regeln."e; (Corriere della Sera)"e;Unkorrekt und jhzornig, mit einer Neigung zu Handgreiflichkeiten und einer Schwche fr die Frauen: Rocco ist ein ganz besonderer Ermittler."e; (La Repubblica)"e;Korrupt und genial."e; (La Stampa)"e;Auf diesen Ermittler wollen wir nicht mehr verzichten."e; (La Lettura)"e;Hat das Zeug zum Serienstar."e; (Pi

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