Maurizio Pianaro is an Italian writer. His writing style is terse and concise and take into account the influence that photography and cinema had in the 20th Century and the Digital Age. The outcome is a blend of literature and visual arts, whose input is determined by the people he met, the places he traveled and the inspiration he takes from news items.
Francesco Benetti is a desperate man who won’t give in, even in the face of certain circumstances. He must find the money to save his wife and pay off his gambling debts. The only way he can do that is to try and sell a fake Titian painting for ten million dollars.
An adventure that will take him from his antique shop in Venice to the spectacular world of Japan, attracting the atten
Francesco Benetti has no choice but to play high-stakes no-limit Texas Hold’em in the VIP rooms of a Las Vegas casino. He will enjoy the pleasures and luxuries of Sin City, then in Mexico he will be involved in a drug war.
The Head of a Muse drawing by Raphael as the actual winning pot, a depraved man with a mysterious past, and an intriguing woman. All in the shadow of a State-run intelligence o
A political thriller set in the ever-sensuous and treacherous post-Cold War Indochina
“What was supposed to be a j’accuse against powerful intelligence agencies supported by material evidence, I had to turn into a piece of fictional work.WWII ended in 1945 and the hunt for the last Nazis is rightly still going on. But why, as for Nazi Germany and many other countries, should it not be the same for
An unscrupulous veteran freelance American war correspondent arrives in Mali to cover the fanatic spree of the Islamists willing to impose their sharia law. Someone will offer him an ancient manuscript with an explosive content. He will realize though that he is there neither for the war nor for the scoop.
Francesco Benetti’s poker addiction matches that of a far-away drug warlord. From Bangkok’s glittering lifestyle to Burma’s Golden Triangle, he will plunge into a perilous world of gambling dens, ethnic rebellions and drug trafficking, unknowingly becoming part of a spy plot aimed at a secret nuclear reactor.
In war-torn Indochina, a mercenary pilot lives to fly. A dramatic picture of a season in hell, where people are both victims and witnesses of catastrophic events. A mal de vivre that no one and nothing could heal.
Maurizio Pianaro is a writer who was in Cambodia during the fall of the country by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge.
Francesco Benetti is a desperate man who won’t give in even if face-to-face to certain circumstances. He must find the money to save his wife and pay off his gambling debts. The only way he can do that is to try and sell a fake Titian painting and get ten million dollars for it. An adventure that will take him from his Venice’s antique shop to the spectacular world of Japan, attrac