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.
The Deadly Assignment combines the best elements of the deep sea traditions, such as the Jaws series, The Deep, The Beast, Deep Blue Sea, and even Sea Hunt on 1950s television. It explores the uncanny horror of the beasts from beneath the waves, and our primeval fear of them. The Deadly Assignment grabs readers by the limbic lobe of sheer fright, and squeezes them from page one.