The Master of Knots

The Master of Knots

by Massimo Carlotto
     
 

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Alligator—ex-convict turned private detective—finds himself pulled into a disturbing case involving an Italy known to few. Helena and Mariano Giraldi lead a secret double life in Italy's clandestine S&M scene. When Helena is abducted, her husband approaches Alligator for help. But Mariano seems more worried about losing his reputation than seeing his wife

Overview

Alligator—ex-convict turned private detective—finds himself pulled into a disturbing case involving an Italy known to few. Helena and Mariano Giraldi lead a secret double life in Italy's clandestine S&M scene. When Helena is abducted, her husband approaches Alligator for help. But Mariano seems more worried about losing his reputation than seeing his wife again. As Alligator investigates, he uncovers a world in which brutality, treachery, and passion go hand in hand. Behind Helena's abduction is a shadowy figure known as The Master of Knots—who proves to be as powerful as he is psychotic. As more members of the S&M underground disappear, Alligator races desperately against time to find his true identity.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
Brooding, sexual, and connected to Italy’s socio-political climate, Carlotto’s (The Goodbye Kiss) seventh book published in English falls into the current world of crime fiction. Like Gone Girl, or Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the book is interested in how messiness of crime, with no taste for likable characters. Marco Buratti, Max the Memory, and Beniamino Rossini are former felons turned unlicensed detectives. In Carlotto’s latest installment of the Alligator Detective series, the trio must track down a gang of S&M filmmakers kidnapping women as slaves. As they navigate the secret world of S&M enthusiasts, they also must deal with the outbreak of political protests and police crackdowns. The book is less concerned with neat crime solving than it is with studying the lives of these three men. Carlotto’s tight prose makes for a quick and satisfying journey into a world absent of clear-cut morality. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-21
Unlicensed private eye Marco Buratti, the Alligator (Bandit Love, 2010, etc.), tracks a missing wife down a rabbit hole even darker and dirtier than his usual haunts. It's hardly a surprise that Varese sales representative Mariano Giraldi's wife has vanished. Ever since he divined Helena Heintze's sexual preferences—bi and submissive—and began to hire her out as a bondage model, she's been tangled with some seriously rough trade. Now, she's evidently been kidnapped by the Bang Gang, a group of predators that blackmails women into making violent BDSM films that sometimes escalate to the point of no return. Though Buratti's not noted for his high moral tone, he draws the line at snuff films. So do his buddies, drug trafficker Beniamino Rossini and fat ex-gangster Max the Memory. Together, they pile up casualties as they pursue Helena's ties to Jay Jacovone, a snuff producer tight with the Miami Mafia; to Marisa Guarnero, a schoolteacher blackmailed into making BDSM videos; and to a slave calling herself Sherazade, who seems poised to become the next victim of the Bang Gang and their leader, the Master of Knots. Their task is rendered both more difficult and easier when their client disappears along with Antonina Gattuso, aka Barbie Slave, the lover Giraldi had inveigled into joining him and Helena in their dark frolics. As usual with Carlotto (At the End of a Dull Day, 2013, etc.), there's no suspense, since the characters are never in danger—they go straight from being fine to being dead—and Buratti wraps up the case with a scandalous lack of fuss. But the author shows a sure grasp of the double lives of BDSM devotees for whom unmasking would mean calamity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609451806
Publisher:
Europa
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Massimo Carlotto has a history as riveting as any novel."—Chicago Tribune 
 
“Carlotto is the reigning king of Mediterranean noir.”—The Boston Phoenix 
 
“The best living Italian crime writer.”— Il Manifesto

Meet the Author

One of Italy's most popular authors and a major exponent of the Mediterranean Noir novel, Carlotto has been compared with many of the most important American hardboiled crime writers. His novels have been translated into many languages, enjoying enormous success outside of Italy, and several have been made into highly acclaimed films.

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