A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Carlotto is one of Italian crime fiction's best exponent of noir and the dark heart of things. No surprise as he once spent time in jail as a result of a false conviction after a lengthy period on the run. In his new novel, he unites in opposition the main characters of his two series, respectively outlaw avenger Marco Buratti, aka the Alligator and the evil master criminal and mysoginist Giorgo Pellegrini. Set in Veneto region of Padua, the story is triggered by the disappearance of a suburban husband, whose life wasn't quite what it first appears and brings along the Alligator and his colourful sidekicks onto the case. An instance of criminals in pursuit of criminals, this is a shaded caper and an earnest investigation into the nature of evil that reads like a runaway train, and confirms Carlotto as equal to any of the English-writing czars of noir. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
If you like Massimo Carlotto you might also like to read books by Magdalen Nabb, Andrea Camilleri and Michael Dibdin.