General Fiction

Un segreto non è per sempre

(A Secret Is Not For Ever)

Casa Editrice Longanesi&C., April 2012, pp.422

over 1 million copies sold, 45 editions.

Alice Allevi is back: funnier, clumsier, more intuitive and ironic than ever. The comeback of the pathologist who has seduced thousands of readers, becoming a literary phenomenon.

Alice longs for a romantic week in Paris with her beloved Arthur Malcomess: journalist, globetrotter and son of His Highness, the director of the Institute of Legal Medicine where Alice is specialising. Alice also hopes to get the longed-for job at the Institute thanks to an entrance exam, but she is told the hated Ambra, engaged to Claudio Conforti, in charge of the interns, got the job instead. Alice has many distractions in life: her eccentric Japanese housemate, the long skype calls with Arthur, and most of all her job as a practicing pathologist. She is asked to work on a case of non compos mentis. An old writer, who wrote a bestseller and was then forgotten by both critics and readers, wants to leave all his possessions to a mysterious woman. He hid her name in an acrostic appearing in his will. The writer’s family wants to have him declared non compos mentis. Things get complicated when the old writer is found dead, seemingly a suicide, in his room… Alice’s curiosity has been triggered and she is not going to let go. Her mission is always the same: she has to find out the truth.

Casa Editrice Longanesi&C., April 2012, pp.422

Rights Sold

Rights of the series have been sold to: France: Presses de la Cité/Place des éditeurs; Germany: Carl’s Book/Random House; Japan: Nishimura; Poland: Jaguar; Spain: Suma/Santillana; Serbia: Evro-Giunti; Turkey: Ilgi.

The novels are being adapted into a TV series produced by Endemol and RAI Fiction.

Alessia Gazzola

Alessia Gazzola was born in Sicily in 1982. She has a degree in Medicine and has been specialising in Legal Medicine. L’Allieva (The Apprentice, 2010) was her debut novel and the first title of  a bestseling series. Thanks to the mix of suspense and irony, and to its endearing protagonist, the aspiring pathologist Alice Allevi, the series was an instant bestseller.

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