Gianrico Carofiglio
L’estate fredda (The Cold Summer)
A novel, Einaudi Stile Libero, October 2016, 349 pages

“Carofiglio raises the standard for crime fiction. His stories are both literary and gritty.”
Jeffery Deaver

“Hard-boiled and sun-dried in equal parts.”
Financial Times

The Cold Summer (L’estate fredda) is written very close to the events of that chilly, dangerous season, and marks, Carofiglio tells Publishing Perspectives, one of the few times he has found himself interested in delivering a message with his fiction: organized crime is not inevitable, not unbeatable.”
Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives (read all)

The summer of 1992 had been exceptionally cold in southern Italy. But that’s not the reason why it is still remembered and has become part of Italy’s recent tragic history. On May 23, 1992, the highway in Palermo’s Capaci’s district, between airport and the city center, exploded. The explosion killed the Palermo judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo and three police officers. Another bomb on July 19 in central Palermo killed the jugde Paolo Borsellino and five police officers. The two judges were both working in the fight against the mafia. Their sacrifice became a symbol of heroism in everyday civil life.

In The Cold Summer, the new novel by Gianrico Carofiglio, we meet a new, memorable character, Maresciallo Pietro Fenoglio, an officer of the Italian Carabinieri. Pietro was born in northwest Italy, in the Piedmont region, but now lives in the southern city of Bari, both because of his work and because of Serena, the woman he loves and whom he married. The two are going through a deep crisis, Serena left and Pietro feels sad and lonely, in search of answers at a turning point in his life.

While the Sicilian mafia is attacking the men who are valiantly fighting it, a furious war is going on in Bari and its surroundings among the local criminal mafia gangs. Several dead people have been left on the ground, but the Carabinieri, the local police and the state prosecutor don’t know why. They cannot explain who is fighting against whom – at least not until a few unexpected events take place. The young son of a boss is kidnapped and then found dead down in a well after the ransom has been paid. A few days later, a member of the criminal organization decides to collaborate with justice, revealing how their structure works, how they act, the rituals involved in belonging to such a notorious secret society and the rules governing their mysterious hierarchy. He is a ferocious killer but claims to have nothing to do with the boy’s kidnapping. The story is narrated through his verbal testimony, which allows Fenoglio and the whole judicial team to arrest several criminals and bring down the Apulian mafia. But they still have to find out who killed the boy.

The end of the case will be surprising and come as a shock: the solution is hidden in the gray area between good and evil, a territory that men of law may also visit.

The Cold Summer is Carofiglio’s most hard-hitting novel yet, an incredible page-turner with unforgettable characters (both the investigators and criminals, as well as the common people who are part of the story). Above all, there is the melancholy hero. Carofiglio is a master storyteller and an elegant writer, capable of rare and deep insights into human nature and the mind; but he also has an incomparable experience as a prosecutor, specialized in organized crime. Every single detail of his work is a revelation for the reader, brimming with charm, personal wisdom and philosophic understanding. Told from a perspective unlike any other, this novel offers an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. Driving readers into the mysterious space between fact and fiction, it conveys a powerful sense of truth and leaves space for human hope.

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Gianrico Carofiglio was born in Bari and has worked for many years as a prosecutor specializing in organized crime. He was appointed advisor of the anti-Mafia committee in the Italian Parliament in 2007 and served as a senator from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of the novels featuring the character of the defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri: Involuntary Witness (2002), A Walk in the Dark (2003, Best International Noir of the year 2007 in Germany), Reasonable Doubts (2006), Temporary Perfections (2010, Premio Selezione Campiello), A Fine Line (2014). Among his fiction and non fiction works: The Past is a Foreign Country (2004, Premio Bancarella 2005), adapted into an internationally awarded film, Neither Here Nor ElsewhereA Night in Bari (2009), There is No Wisdom (2010), Manumitting Words (2010), The Silence of the Wave (2011, finalist for Premio Strega 2012), The Vertiginous Edge of Things (2013), The House in the Woods (2014), written with his brother Francesco, A Changing Truth (2014, Premio Scerbanenco), With Exact Words (2015), Night Passengers (2016), The Cold Summer (2016), Three in the Morning (2017) and Feet in the Mud (2018). Gianrico Carofiglio’s multi-award winner and best selling books are translated into 27 languages worldwide.

Gianrico Carofiglio on Twitter

Gianrico Carofiglio’s foreign rights catalogue

L’estate fredda, a selected press review (pdf format)
An interview by Porter Anderson on Publishing Perspectives
Gianrico Carofiglio at Fahrenheit (Radio 3)

Gianrico Carofiglio’s writing masterclass on
Carofiglio scuola Repubblica

Foreign rights sold in
Australia and New Zeland: Text Publishing
Denmark: HR Ferdinand
Germany: Goldmann
Uk and Us: Bitter Lemon Press


Italian and international editions


Foreign publishers of Gianrico Carofiglio’s works
Albania: Fjala
Argentina: El Ateneo
Bosnia: Buybook
Brazil: Editora Jaboticaba
Czech Republic: Host
Denmark: HR Ferdinand
Ethiopia: Soomaalyia
Finland: Kustannus Moreeni
France: Payot e Rivages, Seuil
Germany: Goldmann, Folio Verlag
Greece: Alexandria, Modern Times
Israel: Achuzat Bayit Books
Japan: Bungei ShunJu
Kenya: Soomaalyia
Lithuania: Homo liber
Mexico: Urano
The Netherlands: Prometheus
Poland: W.A.B. Foksal
Portugal: Porto Editora
Romania: Leda
Russia: Inostranka
Somalia: Soomaalyia
Spain (Castilian): Urano, La Esfera de los Libros
Spain (Catalan): Edicions 62
Sweden: Schibsted, Forum
Tanzania: Soomaalyia
Turkey: Neden Kitap
Uganda: Soomaalyia
UK: Bitter Lemon Press, Old Street Publishing
US: Thomas Dunne, Rizzoli International
Vietnam: Nhã Nam

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