The gripping new conspiracy thriller by the bestselling author of The Name of the Rose. 1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duce's death remain shrouded in confusion and controversy. 1992, Milan. Colonna takes a job at a fledgling newspaper financed by a powerful media magnate. There he learns the paranoid theories of Braggadocio, who is convinced that Mussolini's corpse was a body-double and part of a wider Fascist plot. Colonna is sceptical. But when a body is found, stabbed to death in a back alley, and the paper is shut down, even he is jolted out of his complacency. Fuelled by conspiracy theories, Mafiosi, love, corruption and murder, Numero Zero reverberates with the clash of forces that have shaped Italy since the Second World War. This gripping novel from the author of The Name of the Rose is told with all the power of a master storyteller.
The gripping new conspiracy thriller by the internationally bestselling author of The Name of the Rose
"A triumph... This is as sharp as a stiletto, and used as deliberately" -- Stuart Kelly Yorkshire Post "Brims with exuberant inventiveness" -- Terry Eagleton Times Literary Supplement "A smart, modern mystery" -- Justine Carbery Independent "A triumph" Scotland on Sunday "Cynical but heartfelt, utterly flippant yet deadly serious" -- Mark Sanderson The Times
Umberto Eco (1932-2016) wrote fiction, literary criticism and philosophy. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was a major international bestseller. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, Baudolino, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, The Prague Cemetery and Numero Zero along with many brilliant collections of essays.