A Private Venus

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Melville International Crime | Mar 25, 2014 | ISBN 9781612193366

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    Melville International Crime | Mar 25, 2014 | 256 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | ISBN 9781612193359

  • Ebook$16.95

    Melville International Crime | Mar 25, 2014 | ISBN 9781612193366

Praise

Praise for Giorgio Scerbanenco

“[A Private Venus] has just been released . . . in a crackling new translation by Howard Curtis. I read it in a single sitting . . . Scerbanenco was a trailblazing radical who pulled the mask off a whole era.” —John PowersNPR’s Fresh Air

“Compelling.” —The Wall Street Journal

“A gem . . . A vivid portrait of Milan’s seamy underbelly . . . Scerbanenco reveals Duca Lamberti to us; in doing so, he also unveils the Italian hardboiled hero.”
Crime Fiction Lover

“Scerbanenco’s dark, moody novels have much in common with the darkest of Scandinavian crime fiction . . . This forgotten noir classic from 1966 is finally available in translation. That’s good news!”
Library Journal

“There is courage in his books, the courage to call things by their name . . . No filters shield you from the reality, which is as desperate, fierce, and stark as in the best novels of James Ellroy or Jim Thompson.”
—Carlo Lucarelli

“[Scerbanenco can be] as dark as Leonardo Sciascia, as deadpan realistic as Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, as probing in his observation of people as Simenon, as humane as Camilleri, as noir as Manchette . . . but with a dark, dark humor all his own.”
—Detectives Beyond Borders

“The Duca Lamberti novels are world-class noir, and their publication in English is long, long overdue.”
The Complete Review

“A blast from the past, a sleek, stripped-down reminder of the fast, brutal days of Continental noir.”
Kirkus

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