"The first volume in a trilogy by noir master Lucarelli (Almost Blue, 2001, etc.) is a smart and stylish crime yarn."--Kirkus
April, 1945. The last days of the Salò Republic. A brutal murder on the “good side of town” lands Commissioner De Luca in the middle of a hornet’s nest where the rich and powerful mix drugs, sex, money and murder.
Carlo Lucarelli is one of Italy’s best-loved crime writers. He was born in Parma in 1960. His publishing debut came with the extremely successful De Luca Trilogy in 1990 and he has since published over a dozen novels and collections of stories. He is an active member of several Italian and international writer’s association, he teaches at Alessandro Baricco’s Holden School in Turin and in Padova’s maximum security prison. Several of his novels have been translated into French for Gallimard’s renowned “Noir” series. He conducts the program “Blue Night” on Italian network television, and his novels Almost Blue and Lupo Mannaro have both been made into films, the first by Alex Infascelli and the latter by Antonio Tibaldi. Lucarelli's Web site (in Italian) Author's profile on Wikipedia