N°1 bestseller

How did Vittorio Leonardi really die? Why did Penelope Spada have to leave the judiciary? An investigation into a crime and the labyrinth of conscience. A dazzling novel about guilt and redemption.

A rich and powerful university professor dies suddenly: natural causes, the doctor certifies. The daughter, however, does not believe it and she turns to Penelope Spada, a former prosecutor with a mystery behind her and a present of quiet desperation. The investigation, which at first appears without prospects, becomes a dramatic showdown with the past, an appointment with destiny and with the unexpected possibility of changing it. In the folds of a narrative that rivets the reader up until the very last page, Gianrico Carofiglio gives us a human adventure that goes far beyond the stylistic features of the genre, as well as a magnificent, audacious character.

“What do crime victims want? Those abused, who have lost loved ones or their dignity? The punishment of the guilty? Of course, this too. But punishment – revenge more or less regulated by the laws – is largely an optical illusion. What the victims really want is the truth. The only thing that in the long run is able to heal wounds, to allay the pain.”

After the huge success of his previous bestselling novel, Gianrico Carofiglio’s first female protagonist and beloved character Penelope Spada is back and here to stay.

Simultaneously with the release of RancoreLa disciplina di Penelope will be the first podcast series available on RaiPlaySound, produced by Chora Media.

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Publication date: 29.03.2022
Publisher: Einaudi Stile Libero
Number of Pages: 242
Country: Italy

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Rancore (paperback) Einaudi - Super ET
12 September 2023
Rancore la Repubblica
30 June 2023
Groll Folio Verlag
12 September 2023
Rencor Duomo Ediciones
16 October 2023
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Spain: Duomo ediciones

Audiovisual rights optioned.

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