Books by Massimo Carlotto

Massimo Carlotto's first book, an autobiographical novel entitled The Fugitive, deals with his time on the run in Latin America. Carlotto is one of the most important exponents of the Mediterranean Noir novel and has been called an Italian James Ellroy.

THE MASTER OF KNOTS by Massimo Carlotto
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As usual with Carlotto (At the End of a Dull Day, 2013, etc.), there's no suspense, since the characters are never in danger—they go straight from being fine to being dead—and Buratti wraps up the case with a scandalous lack of fuss. But the author shows a sure grasp of the double lives of BDSM devotees for whom unmasking would mean calamity."
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. Read full book review >
AT THE END OF A DULL DAY by Massimo Carlotto
Released: May 7, 2013

"Carlotto (Bandit Love, 2010, etc.) provides a machine-gun pace, a jaundiced eye for political corruption and a refreshing absence of anything approaching a moral vision."
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. Read full book review >
BANDIT LOVE by Massimo Carlotto
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"La dolce vita it ain't—but this is top-notch Mediterranean noir."
The tense, fast-paced book by Italian crime writer Carlotto is both familiar (in form, tone and plot, this hearkens back to 1930s noir by masters like Hammett, Chandler and Cain) and exotic (in its European settings—these are the mean streets not of Los Angeles or Chicago, but of Padua). Read full book review >
POISONVILLE by Massimo Carlotto
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The English-language title, so much more suggestive to fans of American noir than the Italian title Nordest, perfectly encapsulates a Hammett-like world marked by greed, vice and betrayal all the way to the top of the food chain."
Screenwriter Videtta must have a calming effect on his collaborator, Italian noir proponent Carlotto (The Fugitive, 2007, etc.): The first fruit of their partnership is a whodunit, though a scorching one. Read full book review >
THE FUGITIVE by Massimo Carlotto
Released: April 1, 2007

"Contains moments of tedium. Overall, though, a powerfully dreamlike evocation of life on the lam."
A novel, or perhaps a memoir, recounting years in hiding abroad after a conviction for murder in Italy. Read full book review >
DEATH’S DARK ABYSS by Massimo Carlotto
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Beneath the conventions of Continental noir is a remarkable study of corruption and redemption in a world where revenge is best served ice-cold."
Carlotto (The Goodbye Kiss, 2006) presents a battle of wits between a childless widower and the criminal who killed his wife and son. Read full book review >
THE GOODBYE KISS by Massimo Carlotto
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

"A nasty, explosive little tome warmly recommended to fans of James M. Cain for its casually brutal amorality and truly astonishing speed."
The author of the dark adventures of blues singer-turned-shamus Alligator (The Master of Knots, not reviewed, etc.) offers an even bleaker look into the no-regrets career of a thoroughly modern picaro. Read full book review >