Cesare’s Horns

Danilo Mainardi

€ 14,00
Publisher: Cairo Editore
Pages: 224
ISBN/EAN: 978-88-6052-421-8

Agnese, a zoologist from Caserta with a stormy character and a sharp tongue, arrives in the lagoon of Venice to study the behaviour of buffaloes in the wild. Alvise Dolfìn, a dilettante naturalist, a scuba diver and photographer in his free time, offers to take her in a boat to see barene. One day, there is a macabre discovery. Alvise is found with his chest caved in and the sand all around him trampled by buffalo hooves.
The main suspect is Cesare, a handsome, peaceful male, raised and then set free in nature. Obviously, he is unaware of the turmoil around him. But Agnese knows her animals well and is certain that they attack men only in rare cases: so even if the evidence is all against Cesare, she can’t believe that the immense and docile beast is responsible for the atrocious death. There is only one person who can help her defend the reputation and the life of a number one suspect buffalo. Professor Marzio Lavetti, expert on vampire bats but, above all, a friend with whom Agnese has solved complicated cases in the past. Cases requiring defence of animals accused and put in the dock. Fortunately, the police force needs to consult the two experts because it is at a dead end, and in the midst of adventurous explorations in the lagoon and high risk experiments, the Venetian mystery will have a surprising solution in this story where the protagonists are buffaloes, followed by rhinoceroses, elephants, a Dalmatian and a Persian cat. The inventor of the ethological mystery, Danilo Mainardi, entertains us, amuses us and shows us the marvels of the animal world.

The author
Danilo Mainardi, ethologist, ecologist and an expert in popularizing science, is professor emeritus of Behavioural Ecology at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and head of the International School of Ethology in Erice. He is honorary president of the LIPU (Italian League for Protection of Birds), member of various academies and societies like the National Academy of Sciences (dei Quaranta) and the International Ethological Society of which he was president. He writes for Corriere della Sera and is a regular on Piero Angela’s TV programme Superquark. Cairo Editore has published his non-fiction works Nella mente degli animali, In the Minds of Animals (2006), La bella zoologia, Beautiful Zoology (2008), L’intelligenza degli animali, Animals’ Intelligence (2009), Il cane secondo me, Dogs According to Me (2010), and his mysteries, L’acchiappacolombi, The Pigeon Catcher (2008)and Un innocente vampire, The Innocent Vampire (2010).

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