Massimo Carlotto has been called 'the reigning king of Mediterranean noir' (Boston Phoenix) and 'the best living Italian crime writer' (Il Manifesto). His tough guys are 'about as gritty as they come' (The New York Times). Now Carlotto is back with his most memorable character yet: ex-con turned private investigator Marco Buratti, a.k.a. The Alligator.
Closing the door on a crime ridden past, Marco Buratti plans to spend his remaining days sipping Calvados and listening to the blues at the nightclub he owns with his former partner in crime, Max la Memoria. But when the girlfriend of Buratti learns that however much he thinks he's through with the past, the past will never be through with him. A shadowy cartel of criminal organizations has orchestrated the kidnapping in order to blackmail Buratti into helping them investigate the disappearance of a stockpile of narcotics from a research facility, an investigation that will throw him headfirst into the underworld he had been struggling to escape.
Here, new and old criminal organizations collide and innocent bystanders are as hard to find as honest cops. Marco 'The Alligator' Buratti is not only one of the most fully realized characters in contemporary crime fiction but also the ideal vivisectionist of a world in which criminals hold all the cards.
About the Author
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.
Praise for Bandit Love
"All the hallmarks of noir are here: bloodbaths galore, a false-floored plot, a plainspoken and staccato style (the translation is smooth), and a hero who's simultaneously ruthless and sensitive, with a quirky but precisely calibrated moral sense that Carlotto explores and explains with panache. And the setting is beautifully--if grimly--realized. La dolce vita it ain't--but this is top-notch Mediterranean noir."
"[A] lean, taut crime novel [...] Andrea Camilleri fans looking for something a little darker will be rewarded."
"Carlotto's brand of crime writing is tougher than even the toughest American noir."
--Josh Bazell, author of Beat the Reaper
"Bandit Love is a gripping novel that can be read on different levels, as a breathtakingly dark noir novel or as a means of penetrating reality. These two levels magically blend in Massimo Carlotto's books."
"A cocktail of mystery and romanticism, a novel in which there are no real heroes and no signs of redemption. In short, classic Carlotto."
--Rolling Stone (Italy)
"Carlotto is a master of the genre. He keeps the reader on the edge of his seat from start to finish with compact, incisive storytelling."
--Il Giornale de Vicenza
"Once again, gangsters and beatuiful women, plot twists and rampant crime become the means through which Carlotto recounts the impossibility of living in a country overrun by constructed fears, unbridled excess, and hideous overpasses."
Praise for Massimo Carlotto
"Massimo Carlotto has a history as riveting as any novel."
"Carlotto is the reigning king of Mediterranean noir."
--The Boston Phoenix
"In hardboiled fiction, there is this hardcore Italian guy I suggest: Massimo Carlotto. Tough as fuck."
--Guillermo del Toro, Director
"The best living Italian crime writer."
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
"Carlotto's taut, broody Mediterranean noir is filled with blind corners and savage set pieces."
--The New Yorker
"Beneath the conventions of Continental noir is a remarkable study of corruption and redemption in a world where revenge is best served ice-cold."