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Blood Sisters

The countryside around Milan is wrapped in eerie darkness as psychologist Anna Pavesi digs in the icy soil, looking for... what?
Just over a week earlier, Anna is approached by the well-heeled Benedetta Vitali with a request to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death in a road accident of her half-sister Patrizia and the subsequent disappearance of Patrizia’s body.  Anna is not a detective, there has been a misunderstanding, but she is short of money and agrees to take on the assignment.  It will lead her into a labyrinth of false clues and wilful deception in which nothing is as it seems. Was Patrizia’s death merely a commonplace hit-and-run incident on a country lane, or was there something more sinister behind it?  As she digs deeper, Anna realises that even her own life may be in danger...

Alessandro Perissinotto was born at Turin in 1964. He started working for various businesses while pursuing his University studies that he completed in 1992 with a Thesis on Semeiotics at Turin University Faculty of Letters. He then started intense research activity on Fable Semiology, Multimedia and the Teaching of Literature, as a Turin University Professor. His essays include a text on Multimedia published by Utet-Libreria, A Writer’s Tools published by Rizzoli and, jointly with G.P. Caprettini, The Dictionary of Fables, published by Meltemi and winner of the C. Nigra Award for Folklore.

His fiction writing commenced in 1997, with a detective novel entitled The Year they Killed Rosetta published by Sellerio, the story of a detective investigation completed in the 60s in a remote hamlet of the Piedmontese Alps, followed, in 2000, by Colombano’s Song published by Sellerio and winner of the Fedeli Award, a thriller located between the Susa River Valley and the Dauphiné and dated in the 16th Century. His novel Train 8017, published by Sellerio in 2003, is another crime story based on the real event of the death of over 500 persons in a rather unknown and unsolved 1944 train accident. 2004 was the year that Rizzoli published To My Judge, which won the Italian Fiction Grinzane Cavour 2005, Po 2005 and Chianti 2005-2006 Awards, a letter-style thriller that reveals the criminal activities of on-line finance. In  2006, Rizzoli published Blood sisters that won the Camaiore Award, an investigation on the triviality of evil conducted by psychologist Anna Pavesi, who uses her knowledge of the human soul just as other detectives   use scientific police methods.

The same character is also present in The Last White Night, set in a Turin with all those cut off the great party of those Olympic days. In 2008, Perissinotto's reflection on crime was also expressed in short stories, with The Investigation Society edited by Bompiani and the third volume of his Anna Pavesi Saga, The Titanic Orchestra, edited by Rizzoli.

After completing his trilogy on Anna Pavesi, he decided to proceed further and complete a novel, written with the crime story rhythm but devoid of investigation parameters, and dedicated to pure painful reporting, which brought to For Revenge, a story of love and madness, set in an Argentina that had not yet cured the wounds opened up by the country's Dictator.

All his books have been translated into the languages of several European countries and Japanese. He is also a contributor to the daily newspaper La Stampa, with articles and short stories published in the daily's Torino Sette supplement.