“Mediterranean noir is about telling big stories, stories that recount great transformations, stories that denounce what is wrong but at the same time posit the culture of solidarity as an alternative to that of greed and violence.”—Massimo Carlotto
Giorgio 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 playing him, and now Giorgio is forced into service as an unwilling errand boy for an organized crime syndicate. At one time, Giorgio wouldn’t have thought twice about robbing, kidnapping and killing in order to get what he wanted or to get out of a mess like this. But these days he’s too long in the tooth to face his enemies head-on. To get back to his peaceful life as a successful businessman he’s going to have to find another way to shake off the mob. Fortunately, though Giorgio’s circumstances may have changed, deep down he’s still the ruthless killer he used to be.
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