Almost Blue Paperback – 1 October 2001
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- Publisher : City Lights Books; 1st edition (1 October 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 195 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0872863891
- ISBN-13 : 978-0872863897
- Dimensions : 12.95 x 1.52 x 18.54 cm
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It is a love story in two partsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2020
A female detective after a very strange psychopath (aren't they all?) A man who stays in his room and a number of love stories that are different in tone and length of time they spend in the story. The writing is simple and still evocative. A good read.
Almost Blue - like a Sicilian knife:short and sharp, with an amazing twistReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 October 2011
This was my first Carlo Lucarelli and I read it in Sicily. As a fan of gialli - Italian crime fiction - this came as quite a surprise. There was none of the world weary cynicism, stoicism, and irony of Ispettore Montalbani or Commisario Brunetti. This was an intensely personal and psychological thriller more akin to Americal noir, and James Elroy in particular. The initial protagonist has much in common with the wheelchair bound photographer in Hitchcock's film Rear Window, except that in this case the witness is a blind boy who eavesdrops on conversations he hears when scanning the radio waves. The characters are brilliantly drawn - especially the young man Simone, Ispettore Gracia Negro, and the perpetrator who we meet only through fragments of his thoughts and the consequences of his actions. The ending has a brilliant twist and I have no intention of spoiling it for you. At ony 169 pages in length it is a quick read - but one that will stay with you for some time.
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sort ofReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 March 2011
strange book, serial killer sought by specialist serial killer squad headed by psychiatrist and run by insecure female police inspector, set in Bologna and turning on a blind man's overhearing of the killer by mobile phone hacking. Interesting insights into Italian life, weird plot, weird resolution, not in the end entirely satisfactory under any heading. Not planning to buy any more by this author.
Three StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 December 2015
good book but bit worn, was second hand i guess and cheap but i expected in better condition