Crimini: The Bitter Lemon Book of Italian Crime Fiction


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“Niccolò Ammaniti has written a deft masterpiece without a false note.”—Michel Dibdin, Guardian

“The Italy of Massimo Carlotto is a different world entirely, a dangerous setting for serious crimes committed by cruel men.”—The New York Times

“Andrea Camilleri writes with such vigor and wit that he deserves a place ...

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Praise for the authors:

“Niccolò Ammaniti has written a deft masterpiece without a false note.”—Michel Dibdin, Guardian

“The Italy of Massimo Carlotto is a different world entirely, a dangerous setting for serious crimes committed by cruel men.”—The New York Times

“Andrea Camilleri writes with such vigor and wit that he deserves a place alongside Donna Leon, along with the additional advantage of an insider’s sense of authenticity.”—The Sunday Times

“A stunning tour de force from Carlo Lucarelli.”—The Sunday Telegraph

Italy’s best crime writers present nine gripping, often darkly humorous short stories with settings ranging from Milan to Palermo by way of Rome and even Guadeloupe. The mafia is not just Sicilian but also Albanian, Croatian, and Chinese.

These new stories are by Niccolò Ammaniti, Andrea Camilleri, Massimo Carlotto, Marcello Fois, Carlo Lucarelli, and others. These brilliant tales do not feature psychopathic cannibals or obscure, power-mad sects but ordinary criminals: a drug-addled cosmetic surgeon, inept blackmailers, and various other low-lifes lusting after easy money.

Italian crime writing is replacing that of Scandinavia as the fastest growing in the genre. The huge success of I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti followed by the Gabriele Salvatore film of the same name took the United Kingdom and the United States by storm. Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalban series (with seven popular titles in English so far), Carlo Lucarelli’s novels Almost Blue and Carte Blanche, and Massimo Carlotto’s The Goodbye Kiss are further evidence of this surge.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As De Cataldo, an appellate judge, points out in his pithy preface, corruption is a theme shared by all nine stories in this first U.S. anthology of Italian noir. The dark farce, "You Are My Treasure Chest" by Niccolo Ammaniti and Antonio Manzini, recounts the misadventures of drug-addicted plastic surgeon Paolo Bocchi, who finds a creative solution to hiding a stache of cocaine when he must perform breast-enhancement surgery on one of Italy's leading soap opera actresses. Carlo Lucarelli's lean "The Third Shot," the volume's most impressive entry, centers on an officer-involved shooting in Bologna. Expectations are confounded when the threat from organized crime in Massimo Carlotto's "Death of an Informer" stems not from the Mafia but from Chinese gangs who have taken over the protection rackets in small towns the Italian mobsters have abandoned. As Carlotto's story suggests, the increasing role of immigrants in Italian society has become a major theme in Italian noir. The high quality and variety of these tales will leave many readers hoping for another such selection soon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904738268
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press, Ltd
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 385
  • Sales rank: 1,218,999
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The editor (and contributor of one of the stories) Giancarlo De Cataldo is a judge at the appeals court of Rome where he has been living since 1973. He is also a journalist, essayist, screenwriter and dramaturge. Andrew Brown is a well known translator of classical literature from the French and the Italian.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2010

    very poor read

    i was hoping to identify new writers of italian crime but all this book did was help me find a number to avoid.

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