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.
BOOKSENSE 76 AWARD
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
ALMOST BLUE … has a nice punkish flavor in Oonagh Stransky's translation from the Italian.
I could almost hear the sultry saxophone moaning a dim back-alley refrain...