About Diane

Diane May is a crime thriller writer and she lives in Verona, Italy, with her husband. When she's not in her office writing, she can usually be found curled up on the sofa with a good book in her lap and a cup of green tea next to her.

The only daughter of an army colonel, she grew up on military bases where she learnt about weapons, discipline and the sacrifices of military life. She also worked for many years as a translator and interpreter for the Court of Law on mostly criminal cases.

EVO is her debut novel and she is currently working on her second crime thriller, Till Death Do Us Part, scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019.

Diane May




Livio Marchiori, a legendary homicide detective with the highest rate of solved cases in Verona, is faced with The Hypnotist, a serial killer whose modus operandi borders the supernatural and who is as elusive as a ghost. He never touches his victims and he leaves no evidence behind, except for the pen drive showing a dark figure who has the ability to hypnotize people to death…their own.

The more Marchiori digs, the less he finds while the city is on edge with the mayor and the press putting pressure on the police. And when The Hypnotist threatens to kill the love of his life, the chief medical examiner, Marchiori knows that he is quickly running out of time.

So when Captain Victor Miller from Interpol walks into town, Marchiori is more than happy to partner again with the man who two years ago helped him put an entire mafia clan behind bars. But Miller has his own agenda and Marchiori soon discovers that there is more to this than meets the eye, an entire thread of things way beyond his pay grade - secret experiments, dastardly research, and the most terrifying threat humanity has to face.

And just when Marchiori thinks the situation can’t get any worse than this, he finds out that Miller isn’t what he claims to be.

Feeling at the end of his tether and not knowing who to trust anymore, Marchiori begins a race against time to save both the woman he loves and millions of people from dying.

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The first thing detective Nicolò De Santis notices when he arrives at the crime scene is the strong smell of incense mixed with the hideous sickly-sweet stench of a decaying corpse. Then the woman’s body lying on the purple bedsheets, wearing only a white dress, her arms stretched as if crucified, her wrists slit. An open Bible is placed at her feet and, on her heart, a black bookmark with a chilling message printed in dark red letters.

If a woman commits adultery with another man, the adulteress is to be put to death. Signed: The Priest.

But is this just a one-time crime of passion or is there something more sinister going on? De Santis gets his answer when two more adulterous women are killed following the same ritual. And the hunt begins.

Kate Marini has fallen in love with De Santis and is tormented by one question alone: is she being unfaithful to her husband by dating the handsome detective?

What she doesn’t know is that The Priest has already answered this question and decided her faith.


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