Penelope's Discipline

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An unsolved murder and a man in search of the truth. A tough and fragile woman. The chance to get back into the game.

Penelope wakes up in a stranger’s house, after yet another wasted night. She leaves silently and alone, through the grey streets of Milan in autumn.

She used to be a prosecutor, then a mysterious accident dramatically ended her career. One day a man comes to see her, he was indicted for the murder of his wife. The case was dismissed but did not erase the terrible suspicions from which it had arisen. The man asks her to take over the case and restore his lost honour. He wants to know what to say to his daughter, a little girl, when she grows up and enquires about her mother. After an initial refusal, Penelope lets an insistent old friend of hers, a crime reporter, convince her.

A breath-taking investigation winds its way through unknown streets of the city and through memories of a life that won’t come back.

Gianrico Carofiglio creates a female figure with epic traits. A woman full of anger and painful humanity. A character who remains in our hearts, well beyond the last page and the unexpected ending.

“When the idea for the story first came up, the character was already in her city. For the drama of the plot, I needed the setting with the most metropolitan spirit that we have in Italy.” Gianrico Carofiglio, 7

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Publication date: 19.01.2021
Publisher: Mondadori - Il giallo
Number of Pages: 192
Country: Italy

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Penelope's discipline - Paperback Mondadori
20 November 2023
Penelopina disciplina Imprimatur
1 January 2022
La disciplina de Penelope Duomo
26 August 2022
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France: Slatkine
Spain: Duomo ediciones

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