"Razor-sharp political thriller set in Berlusconi's Rome."--The New Statesman
Things are changing in Rome. The new Pope, determined to bring radical reform to the Vatican, proclaims an extraordinary Jubilee year, one "of Mercy." A new center-left government replaces its disgraced predecessor. And with crime lynchpin Samurai in jail, his prot g Sebastiano Laurenti attempts to establish himself as the designated successor. But he must reckon not only with a new generation of enterprising gangsters and racketeers--out to carve for themselves a slice of the profits and opportunities offered by the major public works planned for the Jubilee--but also with ambitious newly elected politician, Chiara Visone.
Betrayals, ambushes and infighting will inevitably alter the fragile political balance in the Eternal City. As the sharks circle, some tenuous hope endures in the unlikely alliance of an incorruptible politician of the old left and a young bishop who refuses to play the Vatican's power games. But it remains to be seen whether, in the long night of Rome, there is room for redemption.
Sharp, dark and taut, The Night of Rome is fiction that sails dangerously close to the wind of current events.
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About the AuthorCarlo Bonini is a staff writer at the Italian national daily, La Repubblica. Giancarlo de Cataldo is the author of the bestselling novel, Romanzo Criminale, an essayist, the author of numerous TV screenplays, and a judge on the circuit court of Rome. Antony Shugaar's translations for Europa Editions include For Grace Received by Valeria Parrella, Everybody's Right by Paolo Sorrentino, Fabio Bartolomei's Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles, and Margherita Dolce Vita by Stefano Benni.
Praise for The Night of Rome
"Bonini and de Cataldo bring a new sense of urgency to this tale of corruption, power vacuums, and the new Italy. Against the backdrop of a hopeful Rome, celebrating a new Pope and the incarceration of a mafia don, rising politicians clash with ambitious gangsters in what's bound to be one of the most heavy-hitting noirs of the year."--CrimeReads
Praise for Carlo Bonini and Giancarlo de Cataldo's Suburra
"Rome itself, in all its history, glory, and despair, is skillfully sewn into the fiber of Suburra...Evokes Mario Puzo's famous trilogy and other classics of the genre." --Kirkus Reviews
"[A] fast-moving crime thriller...an unflinching look at real-life widespread corruption in Italy." --Publishers Weekly
"An enthralling noir novel that draws inspiration from the real-life scandals that have plagued Italy in recent years." --Paris Match
"With a bit of added splatter à la Tarantino, Suburra captures a great city that has been tragically handed over to political, economic, and criminal corruption." --La Reppublica
"No code of honor, magnificent godfathers, or other such nonsense here, just cynicism, rapacity, and money as the only value that matters. Made in the image of the world as it is. Chilling." --Télerama
"Suburra [tells] a story that's modern and universal." --Vice (on film adaptation of the novel)
"Bonini and De cataldo find the courage to recount the unadulterated truth of a city that seems to have forgotten it is part of the civilized world." --Paolo Sorrentino, Oscar Award-winning director of The Great Beauty
"Epic, dark, and sadly enlightening." --Maxim Jakubowski, CrimeTime
"A panoramic portrait of a city reminiscent of James Ellroy and Don Winslow in its mordant vision and epic scale." --John Dugdale, The Times
"Caustic and blunt...Suburra is a reminder that crime fiction can say as much about a society as other genres." --Barry Forshaw, The Guardian