The Goodbye Kiss, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781933372051



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Oh my, this is a nasty little book. An ex-revolutionary cuts a deal and turns himself into the authorities. He is eventually let go, and begins a five-year process of "rehabilitation." During these five years, he works in a strip club, commits rape, bribery, robbery and murder, all on the path to becoming a respectable member of society. A winner. Carlotto is an Italian writer with a seemingly mean-spirited view of the world. This book is certainly comparable to works of American noir like Cain's POSTMAN, but it is also capable of some more thought-provoking moments and a level of subtlety that POSTMAN never really demonstrated. Overall, this was a quick and enjoyable, if quite unsettling read.

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