"An enthralling noir novel that draws inspiration from the real-life scandals that have plagued Italy in recent years." -- Paris Match
"Suburra performs an autopsy on Rome, that shrewd and corrupt city. As a novel it is fully equal to the task of capturing its complex subject." -- Le Monde
"In Suburra, the incidents revealed by the Mafia Capitale investigation were already in large part recounted in the vivid and hard tones (here and there with a bit of splatter, a la Quentin Tarantino) of fiction, but with the realistic breadth that captures a great city tragically 'delivered' to political, economic and criminal corruption." -- La Repubblica
"Bonini and De Cataldo find the courage to recount the unadulterated truth, however disturbing it might be, of a city that seems to have forgotten it is part of the civilized world." --Paolo Sorrentino, Oscar Award-winning director of The Great Beauty
Suburra takes a deep dive into a politically and financially corrupt contemporary Italy, where a mighty local crime family, the Mafia, corrupt politicians, and new rabid criminal elements battle each other for control of a glittering prize—control over a multibillion dollar development twenty miles from the Italian capital.
During the final days of Silvio Berlusconi’s reign, a massive development proposal that will turn the depressed coastal settlement of Ostia into a gambling paradise, a Las Vegas on the Mediterranean, is winding its way through the Italian legislature thanks to the sponsorship of politicians in the pay of crime syndicates. It’s business as usual in the Italian capital. Or so it seems. A vicious gang of local thugs loyal to nobody but themselves is insisting on a bigger cut than agreed upon. The Mafia and their political puppets aren’t going to back down without a fight.
Orchestral in its movement and sweeping in its ambition, Suburra is a compelling, provocative portrait of contemporary Rome—a city prey to pitiless criminal factions and political opportunism. Suburra has already been adapted into a critically acclaimed Italian film and soon to be a Netflix Original Series.