Antonio Manzini (Rome, 1964) is a director, actor, scriptwriter and writer. One of Andrea Camilleri's student at Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica, wrote his first short story in collaboration with Niccolò Amanita for the anthology "Crimini". He mainly works as an actor for the cinema ("Linda e il Brigadiere", "Vento di Ponente", "R.I.S. - Delitti Imperfetti", "Tutti per Bruno") and wrote the screenplay for the film "Il siero della vanità" (by Alex Infascelli, 2004) and "Come Dio comanda" (Gabriele Salvatores, 2008). In 2005, he published the novel "Sangue Marcio" with Fazi and in 2007 with the publication of "La giostra dei criceti" consolidated his success with readers and critics alike. After some short stories, he wrote "Pista Nera" in 2013 where Rocco Schiavone appears for the first time. Manzini's antihero, very successful, becomes a very famous figure in contemporary Italian detective story fiction and is the protagonist of seven more novels ("La costola di Adamo", "Non è stagione", "Era di maggio", "Cinque indagini romane per Rocco Schiavone", "7-7-2007", "Pelvis et umbra", "Fate il vostro gioco").
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