Massimo Carlotto (All reviews)
Feb 17 2020
February's Best International Crime Fiction
— Crime Reads
Feb 17 2020
— The Times Crime Club
Feb 14 2020
Blues for Outlaw Hearts and Old Whores by Massimo Carlotto
— NB Magazine
Jan 8 2020
— The New York Times
Aug 28 2016
Massimo Carlotto–FOR ALL THE GOLD IN THE WORLD
— SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH BOOKS
Jul 7 2016
For All the Gold in the World
— Complete Review
May 31 2016
Jan 11 2016
Book Review: "The Master of Knots," by Massimo Carlotto
— Echoes of an Empty Mind
Nov 30 2015
Review of At the End of a Dull Day by Massimo Carlotto
— Ed Gorman's Blog
Aug 6 2015
“His determined narrators have strong, sharp voices and the action -- especially scene by scene -- is reasonably interesting (though as usual for Carlotto the callous violence and gore is piled on pretty thick).”
— The Complete Review
Aug 1 2015
“Gang of Lovers is a raucous, delicious ride.”
— The Cedar Rapids Gazette
Jul 14 2015
"Which Drug Cartel Book Is Right for You?"
Jul 1 2015
"… 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."
Jun 29 2015
6 Great Italian Authors to Discover: GANG OF LOVERS
May 4 2014
CRIMEPIECES: The Best of April's Reading
Apr 15 2014
CRIMEPIECES: "Completely compelling... sit back and enjoy the stark brutality of Carlottos writing."
Jan 21 2014
Kirkus: "the author shows a sure grasp of the double lives of BDSM devotees for whom unmasking would mean calamity."
Dec 31 2013
Crime Fiction Lover: Marina Sofia chooses At the End of a Dull Day as her standout book of 2013
Nov 4 2013
The Library Journal: "Hard stuff but good."
Sep 20 2013
Raven Crime Reads: "This is Italian hardboiled noir at its best."
Aug 20 2013
New York Times Magazine blog: "This novel...completely hijacked my attention."
Jun 10 2013
The New Yorker: "Carlotto's taut, broody Mediterranean noir is filled with blind corners and savage set pieces."
Jun 7 2013
Crime Fiction Lover: "ominous and wry, lively and brooding..."
May 6 2013
Publishers Weekly: "[Carlotto's] narration allows gruesome glimpses into an unscrupulous psyche."
Apr 15 2013
The Complete Review: "A very solid noir thriller, and very good...fun"
Mar 31 2013
Kirkus Reviews: "Carlotto...provides a machine-gun pace, a jaundiced eye for political corruption and a refreshing absence of anything approaching a moral vision."
Nov 18 2010
The Austin Chronicle: "Some crime novels are really books about the workplace, and they pay meticulous attention to how a criminal does his job. This is not such a book...Carlotto has a bigger agenda and more expansive concerns."
Nov 13 2010
The Daily Beast: "Packs plenty of plot into a slim volume, with space set aside for elaborate northeast Italian meals, musings on women, and plenty of Calvados drinking."
Oct 1 2010
Kirkus Reviews: "Top-notch Mediterranean noir."
Sep 13 2010
The Complete Review: "Full of noir swagger."
Aug 23 2010
Publishers Weekly: "A lean, taut crime novel."
Jan 25 2010
The Critical Flame: "A high-society noir about murder, globalization and ecomafia crimes in Italy"
Dec 15 2009
International Noir: "A fascinating portrait of contemporary Italy, and further evidence of the multifaceted skills of Carlotto."
Dec 12 2009
The Globe and Mail: "A noir with a vengeance."
Oct 28 2009
Time Out Chicago: "The misdeeds of the elite are traceable, investigated and almost always associated with crimes."
Sep 24 2009
The Austin Chronicle: "The book certainly parallels the American pulp/noir tradition with Carlotto being among the leaders of Europe's vibrant school of Mediterranean noir..."
Sep 1 2009
Publishers Weekly (starred review): "Northeast Italys industrial pollution provides the backdrop for Carlotto (The Goodbye Kiss) and screenwriter Videttas outstanding fable of greed, corruption and moral abandonment."
Dec 17 2007
Time Literary Supplement: "Carlotto gives a wry, offhand account of his own experiences of officially condoned brutality, of fear and uncertainty, but the tone throughout is surprisingly free of rancour or recrimination."
Apr 24 2007
L Magazine: "[The Fugitive] intrigues for its author's chrysallic but unmistakable persona."
Apr 23 2007
The Washington Post: "...a memoir of the two years he spent on the lam in Europa and Mexico, the identities he took on, how he was betrayed by a Mexican lawyerin short, 'the daily life, the behavior, and the routine of someone who is one the run.'"
Mar 20 2007
The New York Times: "Massimo Carlotto['s]...raw stories about Italian criminals in unhealthy political climates are about as gritty as they come and [his] fictional account of his own experiences running from a murder charge ... has just been released."
Mar 7 2007
Kirkus Reviews: "A powerfully dreamlike evocation of life on the lam."
Feb 12 2007
Booklist: "Its a gripping tale, whether read as a novel or as a memoir."
Dec 7 2006
Library Journal (starred review): "the master of Mediterranean noir, has fashioned a dark, twisted tale of retribution."
Nov 20 2006
Euro Crime: "Pellegrini will stay in your head long after the book is closed. Carlotto's Italy is a corrupt place far removed from that of any tourist brochure."
Oct 20 2006
Rocky Mountain News: "Read this book. At the least, it will make you wiser. At most, it twill make you more humane."
Oct 17 2006
The Washington Post: "A raw, extremely dark portrait of a crime and its aftermath."
Sep 12 2006
Kirkus (starred review): "Beneath the conventions of Continental noir is a remarkable study of corruption and redemption in a world where revenge is best served ice-cold."
Sep 4 2006
The Complete Review: "Dark and, in part, extremely brutal stuff, but an interesting game of taking action and responsibility, of being able to -- and not being able to -- forgive and make sacrifices."
Aug 11 2006
Publishers Weekly: "Carlotto [...] who served time for a murder he didn't commit before becoming a writer, has crafted a subtle and disturbing tale of the effects of violence on its survivors."
Aug 3 2006
Today in Italy: an artcle by Massimo Carlotto on the uses and abuses of Noir
Apr 27 2006
Boston Pheonix: "The Mediterranean noir novel [...] acts as a lens, trained on European political and social structures."
Mar 23 2006
Mystery File: "You know you're in the hands of a truly unscrupulous narrator when a priest meeting him for the first time says, 'You're a bad egg. As bad as they come.'"
Mar 4 2006
Globe & Mail: "There isn't a scintilla of innocence in this masterpiece of Italian noir. Carlotto is a former political fugitive who spent time in a Mexican prison and served seven years in Italy. His version of hardboiled crime is criminal all the way."
Jan 31 2006
Chicago Tribune: "Mystery Novelist follows the maxim to write what you know ... Massimo Carlotto has a history as riveting as any novel."
Jan 22 2006
The New York Times: "The Italy of Massimo Carlotto is a different world entirely, a dangerous setting for serious crimes committed by cruel men like Giorgio Pellegrini, the amoral protagonist of THE GOODBYE KISS."
Jan 16 2006
Booklist: "Perhaps the most difficult kind of noir novel to pull off is 'the crime tale narrated by a bad guy' [...] Europeans manage this trick much better than Americans, as Carlotto demonstrates here."
Dec 6 2005
The Complete Review: "From the first page, Giorgio is presented as someone willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants. No more revolutions for him, just self-interest."
Nov 17 2005
Kirkus Reviews: "A nasty, explosive little tome warmly recommended to fans of James M. Cain for its casually brutal amorality and truly astonishing speed."