Niccolo Ammaniti and others
Translated by Andrew Brown
Italy's best crime writers present nine gripping, often darkly humorous short-stories with settings ranging from Milan to Palermo by way of Rome and even Guadeloupe. The mafia is not just Sicilian but also Albanian, Croatian and Chinese.
These brilliant tales do not feature psychopathic cannibals or obscure power mad sects but ordinary criminals: a drug-addled cosmetic surgeon, inept blackmailers and various other low-lifes lusting after easy money.