Almost Blue


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

Lucarelli's characterization of Simone is fascinating, especially the detailed exposition of how the blind man hears what we see. His romance with Negro proves utterly believable and remarkably erotic…Lucarelli is a fresh and exciting new voice in Italian crime fiction. Keep the translations coming. 

Bill Ott, American Library Association.

ALMOST BLUE … has a nice punkish flavor in Oonagh Stransky's translation from the Italian.

Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

I could almost hear the sultry saxophone moaning a dim back-alley refrain...

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