Monty Marsden, a Tuscan by birth, grew up in Milan, where he studied medicine and still works. He lives in the province of Bergamo, with his wife and four children.
The search for a missing child reveals she is not the only one… A gripping serial killer thriller for fans of Angela Marsons and Jeffrey Deaver.
In a little village in Lombardy, it’s a cold November morning when Ami, steps out of her house to go to school… and never comes back. As soon as her father raises the alarm, a frantic search begins.
The investigation is led by Police Commissioner Sensi. His men immediately find a trail to follow, but it soon proves to lead nowhere. Three months later, Police Commissioner Sensi decides to visit Dr Claps, an old friend and a renowned criminologist, who guesses from his first few words the real reason for the visit.
It’s not just about Ami; she’s not the only little girl to have disappeared.
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Q:). What was the inspiration behind Missing?
For a long time I wanted to write a story, a crime story, where the principal characters had to not only confront a crime, but also their own difficulties. We see this with the criminologist, Claps who has a neurological handicap, the psychiatrist Trevis who strives to communicate successfully with a schizophrenic girl and Elaji who must deal with the pain of the loss of a daughter. In short, I wanted to represent personal stories of relevance inside the mechanisms of a crime story.
Q:) How long was the process from idea to finished manuscript?
It took me one year more or less from the first draft to the finished manuscript.
Q:). Did you use detailed outlines, or do you work better by just running with the idea?
I’d rather not use rigid schedules: more often than not, during the writing process new ideas arise and they need to be free from constraints.
Q:). Have you always known you’ve wanted to be an author?
I can’t give you a precise answer… When I was a child I had fun coming up with stories and trying to write them for my teacher or friends to see, but the urge to write actual books and having them published came a lot later.
Q. Do you ever loosely base character traits on people you’ve known?
Not for what regards the principal characters… But I have to admit that some of the evil guys in my books vaguely resemble actual people that I find terribly unpleasant.
Q. Are you working on anything new?
Actually some months ago, a new story featuring Claps (still in the leading role) was published in Italy. In a couple of weeks’ time I’ll be able to deliver a new manuscript.