Alligator - former blues singer and ex-convict, now a private detective - finds himself pulled into a dark and unsettling case that uncovers an Italy known to very few.
When Helena Giraldi is abducted, her husband approaches Alligator and his friends for help. Helena and Mariano lead a secret double life involving Italy's clandestine S&M scene. But Mariano seems more worried about losing his job and reputation than about seeing his wife again. Rossini, the old-style gangster who watches Alligator's back, doesn't want to get involved: he has his own reputation to consider. Only Max is determined to find the woman and bring her to safety.
As Alligator and Max begin to investigate, they uncover a secretive and dangerous world in which brutality, duplicity and passion go hand in hand. Behind Helena's abduction is a shadowy figure known as The Master of Knots - who proves to be as powerful as he is psychotic. As more members of the underground scene start to disappear, Alligator and Max find themselves in a desperate race against time to reveal the true identity of The Master of Knots. Their search will lead them into a world where truth is an elusive concept, where no one is who they seem to be - and where the line between pleasure and pain simply doesn't exist.
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'What makes this book particularly interesting is the interaction between the three men, whose conversations reflect the author's own experiences and beliefs as a Left-wing activist who spent time in prison in Italy before being pardoned.' (Susanna Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
'Fans of edgy, fast-paced detective thrillers will find themselves happily tied up in Carlotto's strange and dangerous world.' ( IRELAND ON SUNDAY)
'This is as dark and troubling a thriller as you could ask for, and reveals a side of modern Italy tourists can count themselves lucky they don't see.' (Myles McWeeney IRISH INDEPENDENT)
A gritty noir thriller from the author of THE COLOMBIAN MULE. 'Probably the best living Italian crime writer' Il Manifesto.
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