Women can fly

"(....) Even women who had reached significant achievements in the field of aviation. The first woman pilot. The first woman to fly across the English Channel, the first one to cross the Atlantic, the Andes, the world ...

The first French female pilot, the first American aviatrix and, among them, Bessie Coleman, the first African-American young woman to get a pilot's license.

All forgotten.

Almost all.

Yet, the presence of pioneer women, in every field of human activities, has never diminished. But, unlike what happens to men, their contribution to human progress is always reduced or falls into oblivion.

That was the reason that prompted me to write Women can fly (original title: Donne con le ali – “Women with wings”), and then Sali d’argento (“Silver salts”, about the life of Tina Modotti, photographer and political activist): to present a small tribute to all the women who were true pioneers and inspired later generations.

Just like Mae Jamison, the first female African-American astronaut in space, who carried a photo of Bessie Coleman with her on her first mission."

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Dolls Have No Wrights

The body of a child, horribly tortured, is found at the mouth of the river Tiber. The Brutal Crimes Investigation Unit (BCIU) is in charge of the investigation. 

Deputy Commissioner Marco Gottardi and his agents are committed to discovering the people responsible for this murder as quickly as possible because they fear that other children might be in danger. During the investigation, BCIU receives the unexpected and unwanted help of a secret association called BOW, whose members believe it is right to make criminals confess using violence.


Fernando Santini was born in Rome in 1965. After graduating as a software programmer, he started working in the information technology department of an Italian bank. After ten years, he decided to embrace a new career and started working as a consultant in collection and payment systems for some big industrial groups. In 2014 he started writing fiction novels, and in 2016 he decided to try his hand at the thriller genre by creating the Brutal Crimes Investigation Unit (BCIU). The police novel ‘BCIU Dolls have no rights’ is the first of a series and introduces the characters who will be the protagonists of the other investigation stories of the team.

Italian bloggers’ reviews on this police novel have highlighted its dynamism and fast-paced action style, that recalls the American television’s crime series, the ability to capture the reader's attention, the presence of realistic dialogues that make the readers feel like they are actually a part of the story.