The Master of Knots

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A woman has gone missing. Her husband, too ashamed to admit to the police that he and his wife were part of a ring of sexual adventurers that organized sadomasochistic orgies, turns instead to the Alligator. Burrati enters a depraved demi-world where ferocious deviates prey upon lonely victims. But the savagery of this world is only the first surprise this investigation holds in store for the Alligator. Encountering such violence and desperation triggers memories of his own time in prison. And while the unwritten...

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Overview

A woman has gone missing. Her husband, too ashamed to admit to the police that he and his wife were part of a ring of sexual adventurers that organized sadomasochistic orgies, turns instead to the Alligator. Burrati enters a depraved demi-world where ferocious deviates prey upon lonely victims. But the savagery of this world is only the first surprise this investigation holds in store for the Alligator. Encountering such violence and desperation triggers memories of his own time in prison. And while the unwritten rule of ex-cons is that you must never talk about your experiences behind bars, the Alligator and his two long-time associates, Max Memory and Beniamino Rossini, are forced to confront demons they thought long buried.
 
In The Master of Knots, “the reigning king of Mediterranean noir,” Massimo Carlotto, gives his readers a work of hardboiled noir fiction that is darker than ever before as he digs into the shadowy corners of human experience. This stunning novel sets a new high-water mark in the literary history of the Mediterranean Noir novel.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609451806
  • Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 676,279
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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