English Translations

By at 5 October, 2010, 3:16 pm

Published by Little, Brown Book Group
A Death in Calabria (2010)- Hardback
English translation of La Donna della ‘ndrangheta


One of the wildest and most beautiful regions in Italy, known for its rugged coastline and mountains, Calabria is also home to the deadly ‘Ndrangheta. An organised Mafia crime operation more feared in Italy than the Cosa Nostra or the Camorra, it is shrouded in mystery. Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of Italy’s elite Anti-Mafia Investigation Department is tasked with investigating the deaths of several Calabria citizens – some in New York, some in the small, isolated villages that dot the Calabrian countryside. To get to the bottom of the case, Ferrara has to infiltrate the village of San Piero d’Aspromonte, deep in the Calabrian mountains. And there, he must put his life on the line to learn more about a family at the centre of an ancient, bloody feud…

Praise for Michele Giuttari:
‘Giuttari shapes his knowledge and experience into a cracking page-turner.’  RTE Guide
”Neat plotting, distinctively Italian characters and a good pace’.  Sunday Telegraph

The Death of a Mafia Don (2009)
English translation of Il Basilisco


A bomb explodes in the centre of Florence, hitting the car of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of the elite Squadra Mobile. The attack rocks the ancient city to its foundations. Ferrara was clearly the target – and he did, after all, just controversially imprison notorious Mafia boss Salvatore Laprua.
A week later, another bomb explodes – bringing tragedy for Ferrara and a determination to find the culprit. But that same morning, Salvatore Laprua is found dead in his prison cell. So who is the mysterious influence behind the bombings – someone even the Mafia fear? An ingenious, gripping mystery, The Death of a Mafia Don has been a bestseller in Italy and across Europe. Written by former Florence police chief Michele Giuttari, it offers a fascinating insight into the secret world of the Mafia, and life in Florence.

A Death in Tuscany (2008)
English translation of La Loggia degli Innocenti


Frustrated by the lack of progress, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence’s elite Squadra Mobile, decides to step in. Because toxins were discovered in the girl’s body, many assumed that she died of a self-inflicted drugs overdose. But Ferrara quickly realises that the truth is darker than that: he believes that the girl was murdered. And when he delves deeper, there are many aspects to the case that convince Ferrara that the girl’s death is part of a sinister conspiracy – a conspiracy that has its roots in the very foundations of Tuscan society…

‘Neat plotting, distinctively Italian characters and a good pace make A Death in Tuscany an enjoyable read, with the added bonus of its Florentine setting’ Sunday Telegraph
‘A Death in Tuscany is not to be devoured in one sitting. Rather it is one of those books one hates to finish’ Irish Times
‘The plot is intricately woven, with enough gasp-worthy twists to sustain a reader to the end’ Financial Times
‘The plot is clever and fast-moving, the atmosphere, not surprisingly, authentic’ The Times
‘Michele Giuttari knows of what he writes; the creator of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara is a former police chief of Florence, and his books set their insights into the reality of police work against an authentic Italian backdrop.’ The Independent: Crime fiction: Around the world in 80 sleuths - www.independent.co.uk

A Florentine Death (2007)
English translation of Scarabeo


Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara knows that the beautiful surface of his adopted city, Florence, hides dark undercurrents. When called in to investigate a series of brutal and apparently random murders, his intuition is confirmed.

Distrusted by his superiors and pilloried by the media, Ferrara finds time running out as the questions pile up. Is there a connection between the murders and the threatening letters he has received? Are his old enemies, the Calabrian Mafia, involved? And what part is played by a beautiful young woman facing a heart-rending decision, a priest troubled by a secret from his past, and an American journalist fascinated by the darker side of life?

Ferrara confronts the murky underbelly of Florence in an investigation that will put not only his career but also his life on the line.

‘…has all the hallmarks of becoming a classic of the genre – a highly atmospheric tale of murder, the mafia and the rarely explored criminal underbelly of Florentine life…Ferrara is set to run and run.’ Mirror *
‘An exceptional thriller and I’d wager a handy sum that Michele Ferrara will be with us for some time to come.’ Evening Herald
‘Giuttari shapes his knowledge and experience into a cracking page-turner.’
RTE Guide
`The characters of Ferrara and his associates begin to resonate through the clipped accretion of detail, and the plotting is full of quiet confidence.’ –
The Independent
‘Michele Giuttari is the leading Italian crime writer.’  –
The Times

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