Search Results: "Howard Curtis"


BOOK REVIEW

A PRIVATE VENUS by Giorgio Scerbanenco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"The first volume in Scerbanenco's Milano Quartet is a blast from the past, a sleek, stripped-down reminder of the fast, brutal days of Continental noir. Sensitive souls will notice that the author's attitude toward the LGBT community has dated in more glaring ways."
A disgraced doctor's ticket to redemption requires him to rescue a young man even more lost than he is in this slice of noir first served in Italy in 1966 and finally translated into English. Read full book review >

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THE PENALTY AREA by Alain Gillot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A slim, understated novel of nicely drawn vignettes, this is more consommé than bisque and might leave some readers unsatisfied."
A boys soccer coach in Sedan, France, temporarily takes in his sister's son and finds he may have the "little nugget" his team needs to excel. Read full book review >

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THE CAROUSEL OF DESIRE by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Middling literary erotica: not quite Kundera but raw enough to satisfy a curious teenager."
"He had made love to her so well that she hated him": a steamy Belgian bestseller makes its way across the pond. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO THE DARK VALLEY by Santiago  Gamboa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A complex, challenging story that speaks to the terror and dislocation of the age."
Or, love and loss in a time of ruin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO IS LOU SCIORTINO? by Ottavio Cappellani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"A hip and funny take on mob warfare, with very little gusto lost in translation."
Who's the boss? That's the real question as two generations of Mafiosi tangle in Sicily. Read full book review >

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IN THE SEA THERE ARE CROCODILES by Fabio Geda
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"One marvels that Enaiat has told his life adventure to Italian author Geda, and while the novelist has evidently shaped Enaiat's story for publication, at its core is an authentic, open and marvelous voice of youthful exuberance."
A nonfiction novel, recounted in part from contemporary oral history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST GIRLS OF ROME by Donato Carrisi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"A powerful psychological drama."
With references to the Monster of Florence, a medieval serial murderer, and a secret Vatican sect, Carrisi's (The Whisperer, 2012) second literary thriller draws readers into a labyrinth of evil. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZIPPORAH, WIFE OF MOSES by Marek Halter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Affecting biblical drama scaled down to human dimensions."
Fanciful version of the fatal encounter between African princess Zipporah and young Moses, in a breathy, atmospheric translation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BROTHERHOOD OF BOOK HUNTERS by Raphaël Jerusalmy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Literate. Brilliant. Entertaining."
Reaching back to the tumultuous 15th century, Jerusalmy chronicles a fictional tale of real-life brigand/poet François Villon, dispatched to find The Brotherhood of Book Hunters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRAITORS TO ALL by Giorgio Scerbanenco
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 2014

"Carrua is right on the money when he tells Lamberti, '[y]ou want to eat up the criminals.' This illegal doctor's righteous fury comes to a head with the most admirable character in the cast facing a long prison term."
After three years in prison for euthanasia, Dr. Duca Lamberti (A Private Venus, 2014) returns to the practice of medicine in an equally unlawful and even more sordid way in this second volume of the noirish Milano Quartet, first published in Italy in 1966. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHOURMO by Jean-Claude Izzo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A bitter, sad and tender salute to a place equally impossible to love or leave. Like George Pelecanos, Izzo connects to individual lives large-scale social, economic and political forces most often encountered in op-ed columns."
Like the eponymous slaves who powered Roman galleys, the neighbors who pull together hoping against hope for escape fuel the second installment of Izzo's Marseilles trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOTAL CHAOS by Jean-Claude Izzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"For better or worse, the title of this melancholy, high-energy bloodbath is just perfect. One can only wonder what new atrocities are left for the second and third installments, both due next year."
Ten years after its success in France, the first installment of Izzo's ultra-noir Marseilles trilogy finally arrives in English translation. Read full book review >