There are few people better placed than Giuliana Pieri, Senior Lecturer in Italian and the Visual Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, to edit this fascinating and insightful analysis of several decades of Italian crime fiction. It is notable (and perhaps regrettable) that, as yet, the remarkable and idiosyncratic talents of this branch of the crime fiction genre have not made the mark that their Scandinavian confrères have. But enthusiasm among non-Italian speaking readers is growing. Pieri and her contributors analyse with intelligence and enthusiasm the political insights and historical contexts freighted into the work of such writers as Sciascia, Eco and (of course) Andrea Camilleri. But along with the better-known names, much light is thrown on the strategies and achievements of writers yet to make their mark outside of Italy. Potential readers, however, should beware — this is a volume that will send you out to purchase all the authors herein, whether you are engaged in academic discipline or just seeking sheer narrative pleasure.

Barry Forshaw

Italian Crime Fiction by Giuliana Pieri is published by University of Wales Press

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