Marco De Franchi


MARCO DE FRANCHI acknowledges that he has a noir side that has always been in him since the beginning.
Ever since he was a child, he wanted to be a writer as much as he wanted to become a detective. He has, in
fact, a past as Chief of Police, a period during which he worked at the Central Operational Service, the office
which is closest to the FBI. His experiences in the field have been fundamental for the writing of the thriller
“La condanna dei viventi”, published by Longanesi.
He lives between Pisa and Livorno with his wife Debora and their two children


La condanna dei viventi
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The child found in the night is hiding something. Fosco
claims that he was kidnapped but managed to escape,
running through the Tuscan countryside. Nobody
believes him, or maybe no one has really tried to listen
to him. I did. And I know that inside his story lies
something terrible. Something bigger than him and
perhaps even bigger than me. But what can it be? It is
only when another child disappears that I begin to see a
window of opportunity to carry out my investigation.
Fosco and Andrea live far away from one another, they
don’t know each other, they have nothing in common.
Except their appearance: they’re identical, they could
be twins. Andrea, however, does not reappear: it’s up to
me to find him, to find the person who killed his father
and took him away from his mother. It’s up to me to
save his life. But I can’t do it alone. The only one who
believes in me is Fabio Costa, an outcast policeman
with a dark past, exiled in a small provincial police
station. While the number of victims increases and
enigmas become more and more indecipherable, I
understand that the author of these crimes responds
to a superior plan. His obsession is morbid, cruel,
unstoppable: to transform his visionary follies into
violent realities, in delirious works of art.
My name is Valentina Medici, I am the youngest
commissioner of the Service, and this is my first real
investigation. And it may also be the last of my life.
Because no one can fall into a pit so black, so deep, and
hope to emerge from it unscathed.