The Goodbye Kiss

The Goodbye Kiss

by Massimo Carlotto
     
 

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"The best living Italian crime writer."-Il Manifesto
An unscrupulous womanizer, as devoid of morals now as he once was full of idealistic fervor, returns to Italy, where he is wanted for a series of crimes. To earn himself the guise of respectability, he is willing to go as far as murder.

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"The best living Italian crime writer."-Il Manifesto
An unscrupulous womanizer, as devoid of morals now as he once was full of idealistic fervor, returns to Italy, where he is wanted for a series of crimes. To earn himself the guise of respectability, he is willing to go as far as murder.

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Kirkus Review
The author of the dark adventures of blues singer-turned-shamus Alligator (The Master of Knots, not reviewed, etc.) offers an even bleaker look into the no-regrets career of a thoroughly modern picaro. "I always liked murder," confides Giorgio Pellegrini, and proves it when he follows orders and executes his best friend Luca, a fellow radical working with him for Latin American terrorists. Heading back to Italy, Giorgio resolves to settle down the minute he's out of prison. But his idea of settling-hanging out in a strip club, sleeping with every woman who's willing and quite a few who aren't-inevitably leads him farther and farther toward the wrong side of the law. Soon he's joined forces with a dumb Milanese and a crooked cop to hold up an armored truck. When he realizes the job will take too many hands to be worth the promised take, he instantly starts to calculate how he can dispose of his accomplices, marveling at the list of eight people who'll have to die to make the job worthwhile. Even a Veneto lawyer's promise of a legal rehabilitation that will wipe out his criminal past soon has Giorgio plotting a new series of matter-of-fact betrayals, double-crosses and murders.

A nasty, explosive little tome warmly recommended to fans of James M. Cain for its casually brutal amorality and truly astonishing speed.

NY Times Book Review
"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 (Europa, paper, $14.95). A onetime political radical who fled Italy after killing a man in a bombing, Pellegrini earns his passage back into the country by preying on women, ratting out his former associates and assassinating his only friend. But he soon realizes that his old survival skills aren't worth much in modern-day Milan, where crime is a more subtle business than he's used to. "I'm scared stiff," he confides to a priest. "I don't know how to deal with this world." Although he lacks the diabolical charm of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley, Pellegrini is a smart guy. As he makes his way through the Veneto, he picks up fast on current criminal trends, interpreting them for the reader in a narrative voice that in Lawrence Venuti's translation is cold and heartless - but, in a creepy way, fascinating."
Kirkus Reviews
The author of the dark adventures of blues singer-turned-shamus Alligator (The Master of Knots, not reviewed, etc.) offers an even bleaker look into the no-regrets career of a thoroughly modern picaro. "I always liked murder," confides Giorgio Pellegrini, and proves it when he follows orders and executes his best friend Luca, a fellow radical working with him for Latin American terrorists. Heading back to Italy, Giorgio resolves to settle down the minute he's out of prison. But his idea of settling-hanging out in a strip club, sleeping with every woman who's willing and quite a few who aren't-inevitably leads him farther and farther toward the wrong side of the law. Soon he's joined forces with a dumb Milanese and a crooked cop to hold up an armored truck. When he realizes the job will take too many hands to be worth the promised take, he instantly starts to calculate how he can dispose of his accomplices, marveling at the list of eight people who'll have to die to make the job worthwhile. Even a Veneto lawyer's promise of a legal rehabilitation that will wipe out his criminal past soon has Giorgio plotting a new series of matter-of-fact betrayals, double-crosses and murders. A nasty, explosive little tome warmly recommended to fans of James M. Cain for its casually brutal amorality and truly astonishing speed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609450250
Publisher:
Europa
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
838,628
File size:
275 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Massimo Carlotto, master of the Mediterranean noir-hard-boiled crime novels that call enticing but violent cities like Marseilles, Naples, and Algiers home-and ex-con himself, has gained a reputation as one of the genre's most talented writers. Carlotto's first book, The Fugitive, deals with his time on the run in Latin America. He is author of many novels, including five titles in the extremely popular Alligator series.

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