“Beautifully bleak... This is dark stuff, but so well rendered and conceived by Scerbanenco that it's also entirely satisfying. A superior thriller."
“Giorgio Scerbanenco’s reissued 1966 crime noir is a perfect beach read, and cooler than a chilled Negroni.”
—Barnes & Noble Review
—Wall Street Journal
“A gem . . . A vivid portrait of Milan’s seamy underbelly . . . Scerbanenco reveals Duca Lamberti to us; in doing so, he also unveils the Italian hardboiled hero.”
—Crime Fiction Lover
“Scerbanenco’s dark, moody novels have much in common with the darkest of Scandinavian crime fiction . . . This forgotten noir classic from 1966 is finally available in translation. That’s good news!”
“There is courage in his books, the courage to call things by their name . . . No filters shield you from the reality, which is as desperate, fierce, and stark as in the best novels of James Ellroy or Jim Thompson.”
“[Scerbanenco can be] as dark as Leonardo Sciascia, as deadpan realistic as Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, as probing in his observation of people as Simenon, as humane as Camilleri, as noir as Manchette . . . but with a dark, dark humor all his own.”
—Detectives Beyond Borders
“The Duca Lamberti novels are world-class noir, and their publication in English is long, long overdue.”
—The Complete Review
"A blast from the past, a sleek, stripped-down reminder of the fast, brutal days of Continental noir."