Not a single line: The Dante manuscript enigma

Simonelli Editore
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Maria Astrid, Lorenza, Jacqueline and Amira are four young women who were inseparable friends while they attended the exclusive Swiss finishing school. But one of them is now a little poorer though much more attractive than the others. She is also a schemer.
Someone has chanced upon a very old document which ,if proved authentic, would be immensely valuable, much more than the rarest diamond. 
To what lengths will this character go to hold on to it? There are no limits, it seems, and there is a fatal episode for one of the victims.
Lorenza has good common sense but also ideals: her overwhelming passion leads her to unimaginable compromises so that she is incapable of discerning good from evil. 
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Maria Santini was born in Turin but has lived in Rome for many years. She has written books on historical figures as well as fiction and in a very winning, personal style has brought aspects of literature and history within the grasp of those attending school. Her range of interests is immense and always inviting. Among the books published by Simonelli Editore are the biographies of Matilde of Canossa, Liszt and Mariù Pascoli. For the readers of her many thrillers she is the Italian Agatha Christie. 

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Simonelli Editore
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Jun 10, 2018
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405
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ISBN
9788893201452
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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MARGHERITA AND DIANA.
NOT SUCH AN IMPROBABLE COMPARISON

At first sight Margherita of Savoia, the first Queen of Italy and Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, have nothing in common, apart from their aristocratic birth. The first was a 19th century Queen, who reigned for twenty two years and then was Queen Mother for twenty six; the second, through her own choice did not become queen. Even if she had not died tragically she would never have ascended the throne since she definitely wished to divorce her husband, Prince Charles. Margherita descended from parents and relatives who were first cousins; she was almost pretty but she knew how to make the most of herself and became a leader of fashion and elegance. Diana was the perfect English rose who charmed the whole world.
The two women do have a formidable point in common, though. At a very young age both married the heir to the throne of their country: Margherita married her cousin Umberto who became King Umberto I of Italy; Diana married Charles, Prince of Wales who is still the heir due to the longevity of his mother. These two women are united by an essential fact : both of them married a man who, long before they became members of the royal family , had given his heart, for ever, to another woman.
When Umberto of Savoia married Margherita , the famous, very beautiful Countess Litta had been his mistress for years. The fact that she was seven years older than him is immaterial, as heir and then King he was still her lover, even when she was ageing. The bullets of Gaetano Bresci put an end to their love. About Diana and Camilla we know everything, perhaps even too much.
Where Margherita and Diana differ is in their reaction to the bitter realisation that they had an unbeatable rival. They reacted in ways that reflected their times and their character. Margherita lived in the 1800s and if, initially ,she did think of leaving her unfaithful husband she became resigned to the fact. She was the First Lady in the Court and invented a life in which she could cultivate her own interests and amusements, from promoting artists even to mountain climbing, but she had much to tolerate too. Diana was a girl of our own times who absolutely wanted to end her marriage which she defined as “crowded”. She not only obtained her divorce but also never missed a chance to criticise the Royal Family.
Margherita died of old age and, alas, a convinced Fascist. Her funeral was impressive but certainly nothing compared to Diana’s which was a true apotheosis.

 

Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier’s son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army’s brightest stars. But in every cop’s life there is a turning point. One case. One messy, tangled case that can shatter a career. Turn a lawman into a renegade. And make him question words like honor, valor, and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case.

New Year’s Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina “hot-sheets” motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can’t be controlled. Within hours the general’s wife is murdered hundreds of miles away. Then the dominoes really start to fall.

Two Special Forces soldiers—the toughest of the tough—are taken down, one at a time. Top military commanders are moved from place to place in a bizarre game of chess. And somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Jack Reacher—an ordinarily untouchable investigator for the 110th Special Unit—is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have.

But Reacher won’t quit. He’s fighting a new kind of war. And he’s taking a young female lieutenant with him on a deadly hunt that leads them from the ragged edges of a rural army post to the winding streets of Paris to a confrontation with an enemy he didn’t know he had. With his French-born mother dying—and divulging to her son one last, stunning secret—Reacher is forced to question everything he once believed…about his family, his career, his loyalties—and himself. Because this soldier’s son is on his way into the darkness, where he finds a tangled drama of desperate desires and violent death—and a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s Make Me.
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