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    Giorgio Faletti(Author),Antony Shugaar(Translator)

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From a bestselling Italian author comes a sharply observed new mystery set in the seedy underworld of 1970s Milan

Giorgio Faletti's first thriller, I Kill, took Europe by storm, selling over five million copies. The Corriere della Sera, Italy's leading newspaper, crowned him "the greatest Italian writer." In 2010, with the explosive publication of A Pimp's Notes, Faletti won international celebrity as a writer of world-class, tightly wound, psychologically nuanced thrillers.

It's 1978. Italy has just been shocked by the kidnapping of the politician Aldo Moro by the left-leaning terrorist group the Red Brigades. In Milan, the upper class continues to amuse itself in luxury restaurants, underground clubs, and cabarets. This is Bravo's milieu. Enigmatic and cynical, Bravo makes his living catering to the tastes, fantasies, and fetishes of the wealthy and depraved. When the mysterious Carla enters his life, what begins as a clandestine romance quickly becomes a nightmare that will transform Bravo into a man wanted by the police, by organized crime, and even by the Red Brigades. As the web around him tightens, Bravo will be forced to confront the violence of the times in which he lives as well as his own connections to the political and criminal networks that control contemporary Italy.

Giorgio Faletti spent years as a successful comedian and singer/songwriter before beginning a career as a writer. His first novel, I Kill (2002), was an international sensation. His fifth novel, I Am God, was recently published in England, to wide acclaim.Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator. Aside from Giorgio Faletti's A Pimp's Notes, his recent translations include books by Simonetta Agnello Hornby, Silvia Avallone, Nanni Balestrini (with an NEA translation fellowship), Fabio Bartolomei, Massimo Carlotto, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Diego De Silva, Marco Mancassola, Gianni Rodari, and Paolo Sorrentino. He is the author of Coast to Coast and I Lie for a Living and the coauthor, with the late Gianni Guadalupi, of Discovering America and Latitude Zero. He has published with the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and online with the New York Times, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about translation for the University of Virginia Press.

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  • By Jake on August 10, 2013

    When I first purchased this book I was a little worried because I had read how unlikable the characters are. After reading it I did not think this was a big issue. I would definitely not want to be chummy with many of the characters but I found that most, especially Bravo and Carla, were fascinating. On top of this, I found the wording of this translation very enjoyable. I think that men around the age of 20 or 30 who only occasionally pick up this book will enjoy it as much as frequent readers. If your a fan of gangster books and movies or games like gta (especially vice city)I would highly recommend this book.As an added bonus, there are frequent references to some of the old cool classics of Ferrari and Porsche.

  • By Patrick Laughlin on February 1, 2013

    I like to read the occasional thriller & like to read what foreign authors are writing. Having been terribly disapointed with Scandinavian authors trying to capitalize on "Girl with the Dragon Tatoo", I thought I would try this Italian author & I was not disapointed. This novel kept me intrigued the whole book with plot twists just about every chapter.

  • By Mr. Charles Umphred on February 14, 2013

    After being "blown away" by I Kill, I purchased this book from Amazon. The first few chapters were not highly compelling and I actually started to waver as to whether to continue reading it. Luckily I did. The story just got better as it went along.By the time I had finished reading it I just sat there shaking my head....it was one of those books that leave you guessing up until you turn the final page. Excellent...the 4 stars is simply because of the slow beginning, unlike I Kill which started hot and never cooled down!

  • By SRNYC on December 24, 2013

    Faletti's A Pimps Notes will be best appreciated by readers who understand that life is complicated, often strange and that the total may be less than the sum of the parts.

  • By Paul Courter on January 10, 2013

    I liked this book. Not sure how I found it but the plot and characters are interesting. I have recommended the book to my friends who ready authors like James Lee Burke.

  • By MWiczer on March 18, 2013

    Not as good as previous books by the author. It's funny how some writers make you root for a character with bad actions.

  • By Stephen O. Murray on August 28, 2012

    A thriller set in Milan in 1978 while the Red Brigade was holding Aldo Moro, A PIMP's NOTE's plot involves compromising dossiers, the Red Brigade, the Mafia, and Christian Democratic politicians, a Sicilian senator in particular. (Yes, it sounds like Leonardo Sciascia territory, not least in when it is set, but especially in its complications and interlocking corruptions.)The prologue announces that the narrator, generally known as Bravo, had his penis cut off, so does not sample the merchandise he manages for upscale clients who treasure discretion. Bravo stands apart: "I don't win and I don't lose. I've always been the spectator who minds his own business." I guess that "Coming Home" had not made it to Milan, yet, and Bravo lacks the imagination to try to provide sexual pleasure to women with his tongue (or fingers or implements). Late in the book, the reader learns about the natal family with which he understandably has not kept in contact. "In the world we live in [the cesspool of Mafia-Christian Democrat corruption to which the Red Brigade assimilates] you can't always sit out every dance, a Mafioso tells him and soon Bravo is set up as a fall guy by multiple conspirators (or conspiracies within conspiracies).One of Bravo's high earners, Laura, is having trouble from a gangster, Tulip, who wants to monopolize her (i.e., to turn her from one of Bravo's prostitutes into his concubine) and has been beating her (in ways not leaving visible marks).Another one quits for love, but Bravo has a prospective replacement, Carla, a diamond in the rough who says she is tired of working as a cleaning woman, transformed into a chic escort to take the place of the suddenly retired prostitute for an expensive engagement requiring three gorgeous women and three rich and powerful men...Bravo goes to the thug's boss, Tano, who orders Tulip to leave Laura alone. To put it mildly, this humiliation does not sit well with Tulip. A whole lot of violence follows, and the plot thickens considerably, though it eventually makes sense. A lot of corruption is involved and Bravo is the designated fall guy for cleaning up various messes. Not a detective by profession, he becomes one to save his life. And narrates in the pulpiest ways ("Every night can be considered a special occasion, until a midnight rolls around when everyone will realize that none of these nights was special at all" is a mild example.)His neighbor and friend Lucio, a blind musician who delights in word games with Bravo turns out to be more complicated than Bravo knew. The crime novel morphs into a political thriller in ways that surprise me (a reader of Michael Dibdin, Leonardo Sciascia, and Andrea Camilleri) not at all.

  • By Philly gal on August 29, 2012

    The protagonist in this Italian thriller is Bravo, a shadowy underworld figure who makes his living as a procurer of women for the rich and powerful. The story is set in the corrupt society that was Italy in the 1970s. The prime minister, Aldo Muro has been captured by Red Brigades and will soon be murdered. Politicians, police and the Mafia work hand in hand for their own gain. Right in the middle of this mess you have our most unusual antihero Bravo. He has been castrated by an unknown assailant (not a spoiler as this fact is announced in the first sentence of the book). He is wounded not only physically but also spiritually. We do not learn his back-story until almost the end of the novel and it is a shocker.The narrative moves slowly until some murders at a high society weekend where a millionaire and a state senator are killed. Bravo unwittingly finds himself right in the middle of this action. Then things take off and the twists and turns that the story makes rank it right up there with the best crime noirs. I surely could not figure out where the story was going. It is a fairly violent story with plenty of murders throughout. I found myself rooting for Bravo to prevail in this tale, I think because everyone else in the story was so corrupt and had such self serving motives. I loved the ending of the story, I know it might be described as contrived but I enjoyed it.This novel was translated from the Italian and does read well. After a slow start the story flies along and the characters are well developed. The author, Giorgio Faletti, has written several mystery thrillers which are very popular in Europe including the number one best seller I Kill. I enjoyed this story well enough to ensure that I will read more of his work. If you like mysteries and want something different read this


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