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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609451147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609451141
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.5 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In choosing this as her standout book of 2013, Marina Sofia found this, Darker than dark, with fiercely black humour and a callous attitude towards its high body count."... you are going to be surprised by the verve and sheer exuberance of this Tarantino-like plot.' --Crime Fiction Lover

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Sep 2013
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With 'The Goodbye Kiss' being one of my favourite crime thrillers of all time, I relished the opportunity of catching up with its mesmerising protagonist Giorgio Pelligrini in this new tale from Massimo Carlotto. Having been exonerated of a murder charge, and now running a restaurant in the guise of a respectable businessman, what I can promise you is that Pellegrini has lost none of his edge, despite seemingly living a blame free life and going straight. Do not be fooled. There's about as much chance of him avoiding trouble, as there is of him entering the priesthood, and as his criminal cohorts try to pull the wool over his eyes and play him for a fool, Pellegrini decides the time is right to remind them of what a force he can be, "The time had come to remember who I once was, what I'd done to get ahead. I'd shot my best friend in the head, I'd betrayed, cheated, raped, robbed, and eliminated anyone who got in the way of my reaching my objective." Pellegrini's seemingly upstanding circle of business associates, reflect the inherent motif in Italian crime fiction, as being out for what they can get, be it politically or financially, and Pellegrini has been attending to the more carnal needs of his clientele through his involvement in sex trafficking. As he begins to uncover the betrayal and double crossing of his less than honest associates, the hardcore Pellegrini returns and his vengeance is brutal and exact, and Carlotto once again cannot be accused of pulling any punches in his depiction of Pelligrini's swift and vicious revenge.

This is Italian hardboiled noir at its best, from the punchy dialogue, the great cast of characters and the simpering attentions of the spineless women who hang on Pellegrini's every word or his rationed bouts of Giorgio-love.
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By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Aug 2013
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This crime thriller has a certain offbeat brilliance to it once the reader gets used to the idea that the protagonist is a despicable human being with very few redeeming human qualities. Set in political corrupt modern Italy, "At the End of a Dull Day" is the story of Giorgio Pellegrini, an ex-terrorist/gangster who has carved out a very comfortable life as a respectable and prosperous night club owner in a town in the Veneto region of Italy. He is in full control of his life, including the minute-to-minute manipulation of his beautiful wife's daily routine and total subservience to his personal whims and physical needs. When his carefully built golden life starts to come apart after a major betrayal by his lawyer and political sponsor which involves the embezzlement of most of his Pellegrino's savings (actually investments in some shady projects), he reverts to old and very violent habits to salvage his garden of eden. Things spiral downward when the Calabrian mafia arrive on his doorstep.

While often a depressing commentary on the bottomless political and social hell that author Massimo Carlotto ascribes to contemporary Italy, the plot of this novel is unusually clever and frequently witty enough to keep the reader from total disgust. By book's end, it's difficult not to develop some level of admiration for Pellegrino and his determination to survive and prosper in what is very much a savage and violent political jungle.
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May be the italian mobs have their bases in south, but the criminal activities are held in north Italy and not only by the south gangs. Carlotto's novel shows a dark picture of a reggion who was thought to be a welfare paradise.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By workaltid on 14 July 2014
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Not for me - very black indeed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
When the protagonist is a ruthless murderer 8 Aug 2013
By Blue in Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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This crime thriller has a certain offbeat brilliance to it once the reader gets used to the idea that the protagonist is a despicable human being with very few redeeming human qualities. Set in politically corrupt modern Italy, "At the End of a Dull Day" is the story of Giorgio Pellegrini, an ex-terrorist/gangster who has carved out a very comfortable life as a respectable and prosperous night club owner in a town in the Veneto region of Italy. He is in full control of his life, including the minute-to-minute manipulation of his beautiful wife's daily routine and total subservience to his personal whims and physical needs. When his carefully built golden life starts to come apart after a major betrayal by his lawyer and political sponsor which involves the embezzlement of most of Pellegrino's savings (actually investments in some shady projects), he reverts to old and very violent habits to salvage his garden of eden. Things spiral downward when the Calabrian mafia arrive on his doorstep.

While often a depressing commentary on the bottomless political and social hell that author Massimo Carlotto ascribes to contemporary Italy, the plot of this novel is unusually clever and frequently witty enough to keep the reader from total disgust. By book's end, it's difficult not to develop some level of admiration for Pellegrino and his determination to survive and prosper in what is very much a savage and violent political jungle.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
World Noir is a lovely new genre for me 13 Mar 2014
By Jim Spray - Published on Amazon.com
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Massimo Carlotto is a magnificent author who takes the reader on a wonderful journey into the dark side of life.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very hardboiled anti-hero, interesting plot 14 Sep 2013
By Howard Mandel - Published on Amazon.com
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Massimo Carlotto writes some of the meanest of first-person narratives, and At the End of a Dull Day furthers his willingness to depict his protagonist as a misanthropic, misogynistic brute. There are considerable thrills for some of us in following the criminal Pelligrino (who says he's "gone straight") as he defends his restaurant from mob takeover and rights the wrongs levied against him by a corrupt politician in thoroughly corrupt contemporary Italy. If you can stand the "hero" this is compelling reading and insightful writing. But if you want to sympathize with the main character, and are not yourself a person with the dimmest view of interpersonal relations, you have to adopt some distanced perspective from this one -- or stay away from this novel.
Nihilistic fun 25 Nov 2014
By D. Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
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Giorgio Pellegrini, Carlotta's nihilistic antihero returns in this sequel to the Goodbye Kiss. Now middle aged and approaching acceptability in Italian society, Giorgio is spending his now dull "legitimate" life running a restaurant and his wife's life along with a prostitution ring on the side to service his political allies. He is doubled crossed by his lawyer setting up a chain of events where he is forced to work for the 'Ndrangheta. Pellegrini is not one to be underestimated and he plans his own revenge with the help of a Russian gangster and an African fugitive. Carlotta makes Giorgio a thoroughly unlikable sociopath and he does many horrific things to his enemies, friends and lovers in order to achieve his revenge. If you're able to get past the unlikable protagonist (think American Psycho), the book is full of humor albeit pitch black. I didn't quite like it as much as The Goodbye Kiss, but it was still an enjoyable revenge tale. It seemed like Carlotto wrote it with a movie adaptation in mind. The translation is terrible though, full of typos and misspellings, and I'm probably missing many Italian cultural references. A quick, fun read not for the faint-hearted.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A noisome little work 15 Jan 2014
By boland punk - Published on Amazon.com
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As pointed out in another review, the narrator is a vile, misogynist psychopath, with no (not a single one) redeeming features. I suppose, at best, this rather brief story emphasises that in Western literature, the protagonist should either be a reasonable human being, flawed in parts, or if as evil as in this book, at least afford some rationale for his behaviour. Brett Easton Ellis meets Ed McBain maketh not a happy match. I would seriously like my money back.
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