Roy Tarantino, a second-generation Italian-American, is a typical loser. He has lost
everything—his business, his wife and son—and is about to commit suicide by jumping
from his apartment on Mulberry Street, Little Italy, New York City.
In the exact moment when he is about to jump, he hears a woman’s scream coming
from the apartment just across the street. This strange coincidence will turn his failure of a
life into a success as he becomes, after an intriguing series of crimes that unexpectedly cross
his path, a talented middle-aged detective.
These crimes, a rape and a murder, concern two friends, Jessica and Laura, who
seem to have been wrongly exchanged by the rapist and the killer.
Behind these crimes, an intriguing multiple love story—on the model of Madame
Bovary—creates the texture of a fantastic plot that gives the reader several surprises.
Roy becomes able to solve the mystery thanks to his knowledge of psychiatric
illnesses and of great classic literature. But just a page before the end . . .
Crimes in Little Italy speeds from its beginning to its conclusion like a Ferrari on the
open road in a very exciting and compelling way. The plot is very tightly constructed and
carries a lot of very interesting material with grace and expertise. It hits the bull’s eye on
nearly every page and can be defined an “unputdownable” book that the reader will find
impossible not to read from cover to cover in one sitting. With a meticulously precise eye on
the streets of New York City and a clever undercurrent that recalls Flaubert’s Madame Bovary,
this novel offers an innovative approach to the thriller genre and will delight both lovers of
thrillers and lovers of classic literature.