Ninfa dormiente

(Sleeping Nymph)

Casa Editrice Longanesi&C., May 2019, pp.480

Ilaria Tuti has been selected from among the finalists of the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2021, the first  Italian femalewriter ever!

5 editions!

A protagonist with a proud, indomitable personality, sometimes brusque, always compassionate. A highly atmospheric setting.
A very talented, international-level author.
200,000 copies sold

Chief Inspector Teresa Battaglia is fighting her private war against Alzheimer’s, which should force her to resign, when she gets involved in a peculiar, eerie investigation. It all begins with a painting being recovered. The last painting of an elderly painter who has lived isolated since the end of the Second World War, shut away in self-imposed silence. The riddle of the Sleeping Nymph – the title of the portrait – is concealed in its very creation: lab tests show that the ink used to paint it is blood from a human heart. As Inspector Massimo Marini, unaware of Teresa’s illness, struggles to regain his strength and mental clarity after a very painful personal event, the case of the Sleeping Nymph suddenly explodes when a new victim appears. A man, whose only body part found is his heart, torn out of his chest and exhibited as a kind of warning at the gates of a village in the Alps. The secrets of this isolated and in many ways mysterious valley are about to be revealed, and someone in the shadows will do anything to keep them concealed…

Casa Editrice Longanesi&C., May 2019, pp.480

Rights Sold

Bulgaria: Lemur Books; Czech Rep: Argo; World English Rights: W&N/Orion and Soho Press, France: Laffont; Germany: Penguin Verlag; Greece: Psichogios; Hungary: Alexandra Kiado; The Netherlands: Xander; Poland: Sonia Draga; Portugal: TopSeller; Serbia: Vulkan; World Spanish Rights: Alfaguara (Castilian); Sweden: Bazar/Strawberry; Turkey: Timas.

Rights for a TV series sold.

Ilaria Tuti

Ilaria Tuti lives in Friuli, in far north-eastern Italy. Her novels, featuring Chief Inspector Teresa Battaglia, Fiori sopra l’inferno (Flowers Over the Inferno, 2018), Ninfa dormiente (Painted in Blood (UK), The Sleeping Nymph (USA), 2019) and Luce della notte (Night Glow, 2020) have enjoyed great success in Italy – selling over 600,000 copies to date – and been published in translation in 27 countries. llaria Tuti is also the author of the bestselling historical novel, Fiore di roccia (Flower of the Rocks, 2020). In 2021, she was the first ever writer to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award, with Painted in Blood/The Sleeping Nymph.

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