But pride of place must go to the first of Italian Carlo Lucarelli's Inspector Negro novels, translated by Oonagh Stransky….a compact and powerful masterpiece.
SILVER DAGGER AWARD
This is a version of Stransky's original City Lights translation which she edited for a British public. A serial killer is terrorizing Bologna and rookie Detective Inspector Grazia Negro is determined to solve the case. She only has one witness who can identify the killer - and he is blind. From these three perspectives Lucarelli, master of Italian noir, weaves a gripping thriller.
Carlo Lucarelli has written more than twenty novels and numerous short stories. Together with Marcello Fois and Loriano Macchiavelli he founded "Gruppo 13," a collective of crime-writers in the region of Emilia-Romagna.
Reviews | Almost Blue
It's a spare, scary tone poem of a crime novel (fluidly translated by Oonagh Stransky), set in Bologna and featuring Inspector Grazia Negro, a woman detective assigned to a special unit that identifies and tracks down serial killers.