This novel, by one of Italy’s bestselling crime novelists, provides a unique perspective on the criminal and social dynamics that dominate contemporary Italy.
One of the many robberies that plague Northeast Italy goes wrong and ends with a brutal murder. The police investigation turns up nothing. Two years later, Marco Buratti, alias “the Alligator,” is asked to look into the crime and find out who was responsible.
Buratti’s employer is young, the youngest client he has ever had; he is only twelve years old and is the son of one of the victims. The Alligator realizes right from the start that the truth is cloaked, twisted, shocking. Together with his associates, Beniamino Rossini and Max the Memory, he finds himself mixed up in a story involving contraband gold and blood vendettas between criminal gangs.
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 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.
Praise for Massimo Carlotto
"Carlotto is the reigning king of Mediterranean noir."—The Boston Phoenix
"The best living Italian crime writer."—Il Manifesto
"Italian hardboiled noir at it's best."—Raven Crime Reads
"Hard stuff, but good."—Library Journal
"Cold and heartless--but, in a creepy way, fascinating."—The New York Times
"Carlotto provides a machine gun-pace, a jaundiced eye for political corruption and a refreshing absence of anything approaching a moral vision."—Kirkus Reviews