Bandit Love

Bandit Love

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by Massimo Carlotto
     
 

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Publishers Weekly
In this lean, taut crime novel from Italian author Carlotto (The Fugitive), a burglary at the University of Padua sets off a series of related crimes that entangle ex-con turned PI Marco Buratti (aka "the Alligator") and his two partners. Buratti initially declines a prospective client's request to investigate the theft, which netted its perpetrators a cache of illegal drugs stored at the university's Institute of Legal Medicine. Things go south after Buratti decides to accept the offer, and the client, known only as "the guy with the ring," winds up dead. Two years later, the ring shows up in the car of the missing girlfriend of one of Buratti's partners. Complications ensue after the search for the woman forces the detectives to revisit the narcotics theft. Andrea Camilleri fans looking for something a little darker will be rewarded. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews

The tense, fast-paced book by Italiancrime writer Carlotto is both familiar (in form, tone and plot, this hearkens back to 1930s noir by masters like Hammett, Chandler and Cain) and exotic (in its European settings—these are the mean streets not of Los Angeles or Chicago, but of Padua).

Nearing 50, Marco "The Alligator" Buratti isa retired mobster, or anyway a mobster who would dearly like to be retired, left to sip Calvados and listen toblues in the dive he co-owns, "The Dog's Bed." He's now a small-scale private investigator and fixer, also a part-time righter of wrongs againstmistreated prostitutes. But when his old friend Beniamino Rossini's beloved is kidnapped and put into sexual bondage by the diabolically vengeful partner of a man Buratti, Rossini andtheir pal Max the Memorykilled years earlier, the three have no choice but tore-enter the game.Part of the reason they've stayed alive into middle age is that they've studiously avoided drug trafficking, with its unpredictabilityand extreme violence, but this casetakes them quickly and deeply intoconflict with a savage Eastern European drug cartel that's been funneling drugs from the former Yugoslavia into Italy and beyond.All the hallmarks of noir are here: bloodbaths galore, a false-floored plot, a plainspoken and staccato style (the translation is smooth), and a hero who'ssimultaneously ruthless and sensitive, with a quirkybut precisely calibrated moral sense that Carlotto explores and explains with panache. And the setting is beautifully—if grimly—realized.

La dolce vita it ain't—but this is top-notch Mediterranean noir.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933372808
Publisher:
Europa
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,404,629
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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