In the Name of Ishmael
By Giuseppe Genna
(Miramax Books, Hardcover, 9780786869404, 448pp.)
Publication Date: July 1, 2003
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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.