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Antonio Pennacchi

  • Original Title: IL DELITTO DI AGORA
  • Publication date: November 2018
  • Country: IT
  • 215 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Thriller


  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Italy
  • Themes: FAMILY, Couple, Homosexuality, PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Death, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Injustice, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations


When Emanuele (23) and Loredana (17) are found dead, stabbed to death with 184 knife wounds, the police starts to investigate and questions all the people from the small town of Agora. But the questioning reports are all somehow inconsistent or contradictory.


Translation rights sold: Denmark (option), Netherlands (option), Albania (option)

More than a thriller, this is a non-traditional and open-ended dark story that focuses on the impossibility of reaching a definitive and objective truth.

Antonio Pennacchi won the 2010 Strega Prize for his novel, CANALE MUSSOLINI.


On February 25th 1995, in the little village of Agora, Emanuele (23 years old) and his girlfriend Loredana (17 years old) are brutally killed in his house, stabbed to death with 184 knife wounds. Loredana’s father and brother, together with Emanuele’s friend Giacinto, find them. From this moment forward, we read questioning reports, depositions and testimonies about Emanuele and Loredana, about their friends, their families and their routine: we learn that Emanuele was in debt with Loredana’s father and that he had dirty business with other young people from Agora and neighboring towns (he owed money to Luigi Imperiali, with whom he used and trafficked cocaine). Moreover, we learn that Giacinto is homosexual, and that maybe he was secretly in love with Emanuele.

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