False highs and flat endings let down Italian novellas
By Massimo Carlotto, Gianrico Carofiglio and Giancarlo De Cataldo
MacLehose Press, €20
The root cause behind the noticeable recent boom of European crime fiction receiving translations for the English-language market is easy to understand. After decades of being sustained on almost exclusively American titles, readers want to vary their diet a bit. There are only so many hard-boiled Californian cops or down-on-their-luck New Orleans gumshoes you can read about without suffering from cliché fatigue.
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