La luce dell'impero

(The Empire’s Light)

Casa Editrice Longanesi&C., September 2017, pp.448

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A trail of blood and brutal murders, a priceless diamond, an evil empire that must be defeated.

A story that goes back and forth between past and present, and that cleverly mixes historical facts and fictional narrative.

Oswald Breil, former head of the Mossad and ex-prime minister of Israel, and his wife Sara Terracini, an Italian restorer, are forced to seek refuge in the south of Tijuana, Mexico because of a motor failure during a cruise on their yacht. Not far from where they’ve docked, a judge who had been part of the Mexican anti-narcos pool is killed by the local organised crime before he could manage to communicate with them.

The drug cartel is now searching for Oswald, an inconvenient obstacle in their path. The cartel is linked to an enormous 33-carat yellow diamond called the Maximilian. The stone dates back to the XIX century, when Maximilian of Habsburg was Emperor of Mexico, and it is part of an undiscovered treasure on which Maximilian had founded his empire, one that was seemingly legitimate but actually drenched in innocent blood.

The stone is said to be cursed and to emit sinister flashes of light capable of blinding even the “light of the empire”.

Casa Editrice Longanesi&C., September 2017, pp.448

  • “Buticchi’s novels originate from a sudden flash: Imagination is unbound here.”

    Corriere della Sera

  • Buticchi’s novel is to be read in one go. Which is how all books should be read. Like when you can’t wait to pick them up and find out what the ending is going to be.

    La Lettura, Corriere della Sera

  • “An Italian Ken Follett, but I could also say a Steven Spielberg.”

    Corrado Augias, journalist and writer

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Marco Buticchi

Marco Buticchi was born in La Spezia in 1957. He is an eager traveller: travelling satisfies his inquisitive mind and his taste for adventure as well as nurturing his attention to detail – an essential trait when shaping his concise and sharp descriptions. He is the first Italian author to be published by Longanesi in the series “The Masters of Adventure” alongside celebrated writers such as Wilbur Smith, Clive Cussler and Patrick O’Brian. His books have enjoyed huge critical and commercial success. All Buticchi’s novels are constantly being reprinted in Italy and have sold over 1,500,000 copies in Italy alone!

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