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"'A roman noir as dark as the soul of the killer, elegant and precise writing that describes the daily tribulations of an Italian city plagued by strikes. Society falls apart, the investigation leads nowhere. And yet Amaldi works his way through a puzzle anchored in the past.' Le Point 'A wonderful first novel that will seduce the fans of deranged murderers in the style of Hannibal Lecter. And beautifully written to boot.' RTF"

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Luca di Fulvio, born in 1957, lives and works in Rome. He is a much acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and playwright. The Mannequin Man is his first crime novel and at the time of publication di Fulvio was referred to in the press as the Italian Thomas Harris. Patrick McKeown is Irish, lives in Italy and works as a translator and editor.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
excellent Italian serial killer thriller 27 Dec. 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Italy, his passion is taxidermy. He accomplishes his craft in two clever steps. First he captures his prey and then he completes the conversion. Both stages provide his sadistic tendencies with euphoria as he appreciates the kill as much if not more so than the transformation. Still he remains ever diligent and careful not to make any mistakes especially since some of his subjects are human though he leaves behind mutilated corpses using taxidermist threads to complete his trophy.

Chief Inspector Giacomo Amaldi knows he is dealing with a brilliant serial killer at a time when he already feels overwhelmed. The garbage strike has turned the city into a big dump, making all investigations smell worse than usual while a questionable fire at the nearby orphanage should be tying up his time. Instead he walks amongst the trash seeking clues to a deadly killer one stitch at a time.

THE MANNEQUIN MAN is an excellent Italian serial killer thriller that uses satirical symbolism to delineate the human condition. Amaldi is a fascinating character as he wades through garbage in search of clues that will enable him to identify the killing taxidermist while his adversary is brilliant at both of his crafts. Police procedural fans will want to follow the Chief Inspector as he struggles to separate the trash from the clues.

Harriet Klausner
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You'll never want to play with a doll again 17 Oct. 2011
By Sandy Harcourt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Who needs Thomas Harris and 'Silence of the Lambs' when you have Luca De Fulvio and 'The Mannequin Man'? The cover alone is enough to chill, and you get colder and colder as you read. Serial killing and serious corruption in an anonymous city in Italy. Don't read it if you are alone at night in a creaking house.
A Powerful Psycho-Thriller 29 Oct. 2013
By Barryface - Published on Amazon.com
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This was the author's debut novel in English and I found it fascinating and also a bit violent in places because of the nature of the madman's goals to make the perfect woman. Would love to read the next book from Luca Di Fulvio when it comes out in English. Another "new" author to watch for "edge-of-your-seat" reading!
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