> Italy seems to be producing some of the best hardboiled/noir books
> Carofiglio's 'The Past Is Another Country' is one of my favourite
books of the year. Really captures the slippery thrill of crime.
> Carlo Lucarelli's 'Almost Blue' is one I would recommend. With its
obsession with sound and its colourful killer I would say it's the closest I have seen a book come to an Italian 'giallo' (movie, that is).
> Currently reading 'Death's Dark Abyss' by Massimo Carlotto. Punchy.
> What impresses me about all these writers is their pace and
economy. They're all confident enough in their material to forego the
(sometimes tedious) flourishes that more literary fiction indulges in.
> Have a copy of Crimini myself. Haven't read it yet but look forward
> Anyone have similar writers to recommend?
> Sean Shapiro
Sean, both Massimo Carlotto and Carlo Lucarelli have strong stories in Crimini. I'll be looking for their books that you mentioned. I'm assuming Bitter Lemon published them?
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