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A Private Venus

A Duca Lamberti Noir

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"A noir writer richly deserving rediscovery."
Publishers Weekly

The book that gave birth to Italian noir . . .

Milan, 1966: When Dr. Duca Lamberti is released from prison, he’s lost his medical license and his options are few. But thanks to an old connection, he lands a job, although it’s a tricky one: guarding the alcoholic son of a plastics millionaire.

But Lamberti soon discovers that the young man has a terrible secret, rooted in the mysterious death of a beautiful woman on the gritty side of town. The fast cars, high fashion, and chic nightclubs of glitzy and swinging Milan conceal a dirty reality . . . This is no dolce vita.

A Private Venus marks the beginning of Italian noir: Giorgio Scerbanenco pioneered a new type of novel that trained its gaze on the crime and desperation that roiled under prosperous Italian society in the 1960s. And at the heart of this book is Duca Lamberti, an unforgettable protagonist: obsessive, world-weary, unconventional in his methods, and trying hard not to make 
another fatal mistake.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 20, 2012 – A lost Italian noir classic from 1966 finally makes its way into English translation. Born of a Russian father and Italian mother, Scerbanenco once called the "human typewriter" was said to be more prolific than Simenon, although much of his output was in the romance genre. During the three years before his 1969 death, however, he wrote a series of terse, unsentimental crime thrillers featuring Dr. Duca Lamberti, starting with this one. Just released from prison after euthanizing a dying patient, Duca reluctantly agrees to treat a young alcoholic, only to find that the youth's backstory involves a murdered Milan streetwalker, a white slavery ring, pornography, and torture. "He wouldn't have devoted a single minute to this whole business if he hadn't sensed the ruthless, violent hand of the Mafia behind it." This edition also includes a brief autobiographical memoir from a noir writer richly deserving rediscovery.
A Private Venus
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  • Category: Hard-Boiled
  • Published: Mar 25, 2014
  • Publisher: Melville House
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
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