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Crimini: the Bitter Lemon book of Italian crime fiction

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  140 ratings  ·  16 reviews
As De Cataldo, an appellate judge, points out in his pithy preface, corruption is a theme shared by all nine stories in this first U.S. anthology of Italian noir. The dark farce, "You Are My Treasure Chest" by Niccolo Ammaniti and Antonio Manzini, recounts the misadventures of drug-addicted plastic surgeon Paolo Bocchi, who finds a creative solution to hiding a stache of c ...more
Paperback, 385 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Bitter Lemon Press (first published 2005)
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Maddy
AUTHORS: 9 Italian authors
SETTING: Various parts of Italy
RATING: 3.5


CRIMINI
Edited by Giancarlo de Cataldo
ISBN: 978-1-904738-26-8
Bitter Lemon Press
January 2008

Maddy Van Hertbruggen
Review Due: 4/20/08

I'm not normally a fan of short stories and thus was feeling a bit pessimistic about reading this collection, even though it was issued by one of my favorite publishers, Bitter Lemon Press. Most short stories seem to me to be inhibited by their length, often sacrificing plot and/or character developme
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Aries
Ok, è ufficiale: io ed i racconti noir (o gialli o come cavolo volete chiamarli)scritti da autori italiani non andiamo d’accordo.
Anche questo Crimini, di cui avevo sentito parlare decentemente e che riportava nomi comunque interessanti è stato una delusione; non che sia tutto da buttare, intendiamoci, ma le cose da salvare sono veramente poco e, soprattutto, non c’è un racconto che sia riuscito a convincermi pienamente, il che è parecchio frustrante, non c’è che dire.
Una breve panoramica.
Sei il
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Diana Sandberg
I haven’t the slightest idea how I happened to order this book from the library, other than a vague notion I saw it while poking around on Amazon. Which doesn’t really explain matters, since I am not usually a fan of short stories, nor of contemporary mysteries. However – whatever prompted me was spot on, this was an excellent read. Nine short stories of a noir-ish flavour, and every one worth reading, most quite excellent. It is not easy to pick a favourite, but if pressed I think I’d choose on ...more
Diana Sandberg
I haven’t the slightest idea how I happened to order this book from the library, other than a vague notion I saw it while poking around on Amazon. Which doesn’t really explain matters, since I am not usually a fan of short stories, nor of contemporary mysteries. However – whatever prompted me was spot on, this was an excellent read. Nine short stories of a noir-ish flavour, and every one worth reading, most quite excellent. It is not easy to pick a favourite, but if pressed I think I’d choose on ...more
Ladiibbug
Mar 06, 2010 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Crime Fiction Fans
4.5 stars - Italian Crime Anthol.

This is a very, very good collection of crime stories by various Italian authors. Each story and crime is unique, the characters are very intriguing and I thoroughly enjoyed each story. All stories are set in Italy, and I enjoyed absorbing the people, sights, places, foods, culture, etc.

I was drawn to this anthology as Andrea Camilleri is one of the authors -- he's a huge favorite of mine (Italian Police Inspector Salvo Montalbano series).

I even like the full tit
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Marco
Quando il noir italiano non teme rivali
Phoebes
Tutti molto belli questi racconti, alcuni più divertenti (Il mio tesoro), alcuni più tristi (Troppi equivoci, Il covo di Teresa), alcuni veramente inquietanti (L’ospite d’onore), ma comunque tutti veramente belli! L’unica nota negativa è che adesso avendo letto tutti questi autori, ed essendomi tutti piaciuti molto, voglio leggere altre cose scritte da loro!!! E così si allunga la lista dei libri da comprare (anche se alcuni c’erano già da prima).

http://www.naufragio.it/iltempodilegg...
Déborah
Not what I usually read, but my local library had very little choice in Italian books, and this one caught my eye. It was much easier to read than I first feared, and even though I don't have an advanced level in Italian, it was perfectly understandable. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes the noir style and the Italian language!
Karry
Good little book of short stories. As most collections are, there were some really good stories (rated 3 1/2 to 4) and a few stinkers (one got a minus rating may have been a translation snafu), but most were a lot of fun to read. I'll look for some of these authors and read more!
B
Ok so technically I didn't finish all the stories in this book. Again, this was for class, so I am finished. I am happy to report that I liked these short gialli much better than the novels I have read. Some were better than others, but overall not too shabby.
Bicefalus
una bella racconti di scrittori di noire e gialli italiani ... davvero siamo molto bravi in questo paese di dietrologi a scivere questo genere di racconti ..
dazieri torreggia sempre dall'alto della sua bravura e anche faletti non è da meno
Willie Whelan
A very good collection of short stories, which works well as an introduction to Italian crime fiction. As ever some stories are better than others but all are worth reading :)
Brian
very good book - about 10 Italian crime short stories - all originally written in Italian & translated to English
Prospero
Alcuni racconti d'autore molto interessanti, altri molto banali
Pam
italiano noir = awesome
Pam
Jan 17, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read
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01/16 got from MOTB
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Giancarlo De Cataldo è Giudice di Corte d'Assise a Roma, città nella quale vive dal 1973. Scrittore, traduttore, autore di testi teatrali e sceneggiature televisive, ha pubblicato come autore diversi libri, per lo più di genere giallo. Collabora con «La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno», «Il Messaggero», «Il Nuovo», «Paese Sera» e «Hot!». Il suo libro più significativo è Romanzo criminale (2002), dal qual ...more
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