In The Name of Ishmael by Giuseppe Genna
Illustration: Rosamund Calthrop
Jacket Design: UNA (London) designers
Publisher: Atlantic Books
*pardon the censored bits, it’s just to hide the store’s name on the price tag.
Faceless children, always horrific. There are other ink drawings in the inner flap of the book jacket, one of which was the common house fly.
I’ve never read the book, only took a picture of it on the sly. Here’s the synopsis:
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.
Another good edition:
Cover Photograph: Gary Gnidovic/Solus Images
Jacket Design: Doyle Partners
Publisher: Miramax Books
info source: Amazon
Miramax image source: bookeg.com