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The Gang of Lovers by Massimo Carlotto
  

The Gang of Lovers

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Carlotto is one of Italian crime fiction's best exponents of noir and the dark heart of things. No surprise as he once spent time in jail as a result of a false conviction after a lengthy period on the run. In his new novel, he unites in opposition the main characters of his two series, respectively outlaw avenger Marco Buratti, aka the Alligator and the evil master criminal and mysoginist Giorgo Pellegrini. Set in Veneto region of Padua, the story is triggered by the disappearance of a suburban husband, whose life wasn't quite what it first appears and brings along the Alligator and his colourful sidekicks onto the case. An instance of criminals in pursuit of criminals, this is a shaded caper and an earnest investigation into the nature of evil that reads like a runaway train, and confirms Carlotto as equal to any of the English-writing czars of noir. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Massimo Carlotto you might also like to read books by Andrea Camilleri, Magdalen Nabb and Michael Dibdin.

Synopsis

The Gang of Lovers by Massimo Carlotto

Padua, Italy. An unremarkable man, a husband and father, disappears without a trace. After a few months of searching, the police send his file to the cold cases department to be thrown in with the files of other missing persons. One woman knows the truth about his disappearance, but, being the daughter of a prominent and wealthy Swiss industrialist she fears coming forward with what she knows: that she was his lover and that there is more to his disappearance than another bored suburban husband running out on his. Stricken by guilt, she finally confides in a lawyer who advises her to turn to Marco Buratti, aka The Alligator, for help.

Buratti agrees to assist the woman. Initially, the case of the woman’s missing lover seems like a lost cause, but a clue puts the Alligator and his trusted associates, Max the Memory and Beniamino Rossini, on the trail of the unscrupulous and brilliant criminal, Giorgio Pellegrini, protagonist of The Goodbye Kiss and At the End of a Dull Day.

The deadly game of chicken in which the good guys and the bad guys are often hard to tell apart is Carlotto’s specialty. But good or bad, these men are survivors in a world where the once ironclad criminal codes of conduct are disappearing and new criminal syndicates do vicious battle with old.

About the Author

Massimo Carlotto

Massimo Carlotto was at the centre of one of the most controversial law cases in Italian history. In January 1976, Carlotto, at that time a member of a left-wing movement, stumbled across a brutally stabbed body in his hometown. The police accused him of the murder, and just before the appeal, his lawyer advised him to run. Betrayed finally in Mexico, Carlotto was captured and tortured, and sent back to Italy. Following trials, mistakes, and changes in the law, he was sent to prison, before being pardoned in 1993. His first book was an autobiography, but he then started writing a series in which the main character, Alligator, is a former convict who becomes a detective, and, like Carlotto, has a thirst for truth and justice.

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Publication date

11th June 2015

Author

Massimo Carlotto

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Publisher

Europa Editions

Format

Paperback
208 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781609452681

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