Detective Linus

ANGELO MOZZILLO 
ILLUSTRATIONS BY DAVIDE PANIZZA

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THE MOST FAMOUS YOUNG DETECTIVE AROUND.
AT LEAST, THAT’S WHAT HE SAYS.

One summer morning, Linus receives a postcard from his friend Giangi. Apparently there’s a new threat in town.
It seems like a case for Linus, the most famous young detective around!
Of course, he should be doing his holiday homework, but how can he concentrate on that when his town is teeming with crimes and mysteries?
Linus tells his story in his own words, an eccentric and awkward version of the famous film noir investigators: Humphrey Bogart’s brusque, cocksure manner, and the rotund Orson Welles in Touch of Evil.

  • LINUS CLAIMS TO HAVE A PERSONAL SECRETARY, WHOM HE REFERS TO AS MUM FOR CONVENIENCE’S SAKE. HE ALSO HAS AN EXTREMELY SECRET AGENT, BORDERLINE PARANOID, WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYONE BUT NEVER SHOWS HIS FACE AROUND TOWN, BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW.

  • BUT ABOVE ALL, LINUS HAS VERY SPECIFIC IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO BE AN INVESTIGATOR: YOU NEED INCREDIBLE SKILL IN DISGUISES – HENCE HIS COSTUME WARDROBE; THE ABILITY TO MAKE SNAP DECISIONS – WHICH MUM OFTEN SHOOTS DOWN; AND A PAINSTAKING DEDICATION TO INVESTIGATING CASES – NECESSARILY LEADING HIM TO NEGLECT HIS HOMEWORK.
  • INSPIRED BY CLASSICS, BORROWS ALL THE TYPICAL FEATURES OF THE NOIR GENRE: THE DETECTIVE, THE SECRETARY, THE COP, THE SIDEKICK, THE FEMME FATALE, THE SECRET INFORMANT, THE VILLAINS, EVEN JAZZ MUSIC (AND SOME TRAP TOO).

 

GENRE Crime
TARGET 8+
PUBLISHER Piemme, 2022

ANGELO MOZZILLO

Born in Naples in 1988, Angelo moved to Milan to attend film school. He stayed there, but instead of working on film sets he focused on writing. He likes discovering new stories and making up his own, mixing and reinventing words like shuffling a pack of cards.
His latest works include the picture books Io sono foglia (I am a Leaf) Bacchilega Junior 2020, illustrated by Marianna Balducci and winner of the 2021 Andersen and SuperAndersen prizes and Natale per sbaglio (An Accidental Christmas), Clichy Edizioni 2021, illustrated by Martina Tonello.

 

DAVIDE PANIZZA

Davide Panizza was born in Trento on a lucky Friday 17 of 1992. As a child he began to draw anything, so he decided to attend the course of Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino and the MiMaster Illustrazione in Milan where he experimented with his passion for children's literature. He lives and works in Trento dividing his days as an graphic designer for the theatre and as a freelance illustrator. He finally managed to reconcile his passion for illustrated books and western movies by writing and drawing The Ballad of Benty Breight (Lavieri edizioni 2018).