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Massimo Carlotto

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Massimo Carlotto

Massimo Carlotto was born in Padua, Italy. In addition to the many titles in his extremely popular Alligator series, he is also the author of The Fugitive, Death's Dark Abyss, Poisonville, Bandit Love, and the forthcoming At the End of a Dull Day.

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.

Author's official Web site (in Italian with English pages)

Carlotto on the Mediterranean Noir movement

Carlotto on J-C- Izzo

Mediterranean Noir

"Packs plenty of plot into a slim volume, with space set aside for elaborate northeast Italian meals, musings on women, and plenty of Calvados drinking." - The Daily Beast on The Master of Knots

"Carlotto's taut, broody Mediterranean noir is filled with blind corners and savage set pieces." - The New Yorker on At the End of a Dull Day

"Beneath the conventions of Continental noir is a remarkable study of corruption and redemption in a world where revenge is best served ice-cold." Kirkus (starred review) on Death's Dark Abyss

All Massimo Carlotto's books

Latest reviews

  • "Finishing an Alligator mystery is like waking up after an all-night bender with your best friends: your suit’s a mess, you reek of smoke; there’s lipstick on your collar. You’re not 100 percent sure what happened. But you know you had a good time."
    — Cedar Rapids Gazette, Oct 30 2016
  • "Melancholy-tinged, Carlotto's novel is quite nicely turned and solid entertainment."
    — The Complete Review, Jul 7 2016
  • In Gang of Lovers Massimo Carlotto brings 'the Alligator', Marco Buratti, most recently seen in Bandit Love, out of retirement (as an unlicensed private investigator) -- and pits him against the nasty piece of work that is Giorgio Pellegrini, whose story is familiar from The...
    — Aug 6 2015
  • Marco “The Alligator” Buratti, Italian private eye and the beloved creation of Italian author Massimo Carlotto, has quite a bit in common with Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the stoic lead special agent on CBS’ hit TV show NCIS: both men are fiercely loyal, they strictly adhere to...
    — Aug 1 2015
  • The Colombian Mule, by Massimo Carlotto (Europa Editions) The plot: Arias Cuevas is caught by the police trying to carry a shipment of cocaine into Italy. Meanwhile, Cuevas' Colombian employer, la Tía, is facing blowback from the Alligator, an ex-con turned investigator...
    — Jul 14 2015
  • A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Carlotto is one of Italian crime fiction's best exponent 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...
    — Jul 1 2015
  • Padua, Italy. An unremarkable man disappears without a trace. One woman knows there is more to his disappearance than another bored suburban husband running out on his family, but fears that coming forward will compromise her position. Stricken by guilt, she finally confides...
    — Jun 29 2015
  • April was a quiet reading month but May promises to be much busier with Crimefest taking place in two weeks time. It’s always a great opportunity to catch up with writers, reviewers, bloggers and readers and there will be plenty of updates on this blog. My book of the...
    — May 4 2014
  • Massimo Carlotto – At the End of a Dull Day April 15, 2014 This is the second book in a month that I’ve read where the violence has made me wince. But, like in Pierre LeMaitre’s Irene, the level of violence in At the End of a Dull Day...
    — Apr 15 2014
  • 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...
    — Jan 21 2014
  • Giorgio Pellegrini has left his life of terrorism and crime behind. Or as far behind as is possible in thoroughly corrupt, amoral modern day Venice. For eleven years, Giorgio has been the owner of the restaurant La Nena, the trendy place for politicians and businessmen to meet...
    — Dec 31 2013
  • Giorgio Pellegrino (the protagonist of The Goodbye Kiss) is an honest man now—or at least as honest as someone with his background can be. For 11 years, he has turned his back on his old career as a terrorist and criminal, but now his “honest” life unravels. Giorgio isn’t...
    — Nov 4 2013
  • Pellegrini, the unforgettable hero of The Goodbye Kiss, has been living an ‘honest’ life for eleven years. But that’s about to change. His lawyer has been deceiving him and now Giorgio is forced into service as an unwilling errand boy for an organised crime syndicate. At...
    — Sep 20 2013
  • As I was leaving the office the other day, I snagged a crime novel called “At the End of a Dull Day,” by Massimo Carlotto, off our giveaway table. I often do this as a random test. I’ll read a couple of pages on the subway, typically lose interest and then find a place...
    — Aug 20 2013
  • Giorgio Pellegrini, the protagonist of a previous Carlotto novel, has put serious criminality behind him. All he wants it to prop up his classy but failing restaurant in the Veneto with his thriving prostitution ring and forget about the past. But when a politician who is also...
    — Jun 10 2013
  • Giorgio Pellegrini has left his life of terrorism and crime behind. Or as far behind as is possible in thoroughly corrupt, amoral modern day Venice.  For eleven years, Giorgio has been the owner of the restaurant La Nena,  the trendy place for politicians and businessmen...
    — Jun 7 2013
  • Recovering criminal Giorgio Pellegrini (who also appears in Carlotto's THE GOODBYE KISS) can't seem to avoid trouble. In addition to owning and operating La Nena—a refined restaurant in Italy's Veneto region frequented by power players and other high-end clientele—he...
    — May 6 2013
  • The title may be: AT THE END OF A DULL DAY, but this is the kind of novel that, of course, describes anything but dull days. The narrator and protagonist is Giorgio Pellegrini, the lowlife from THE GOODBYE KISS; as someone will remind him along the way here: "you're sick...
    — Apr 15 2013
  • Giorgio Pellegrini’s 11 years of playing it straight (THE GOODBYE KISS, 2006) come to an shrieking halt when he finds out that his lawyer, a rising political star, has bilked him out of €2 million. Giorgio’s years as a terrorist, fugitive and prisoner may not have...
    — Kirkus Reviews, Mar 31 2013


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