Italy (Einaudi Stile Libero) – L'estate fredda
Gianrico Carofiglio
L’estate fredda (The Cold Summer)
A novel, Einaudi Stile Libero, October 2016, 348 pages

“Hard-hitting, morally complex, and highly entertaining.”
Peter Swanson, author of All the beautiful lies

The Cold Summer is a masterpiece.”
Eugenia Rico, author of El beso del canguro

“The complex structure of Carofiglio’s narrative, with multiple structural and social parallels at the local and national level, contrasting criminal and civil worlds, and personal events in the lives of the characters, serves to reinforce the emphasis of the novel on the crucial role of structure in human life. But it is ultimately the ethical and sometimes contemplative Fenoglio who holds the whole novel together. His humanity holds out hope for some respite from the violence and corruption that lie behind all the story’s events. As he himself says of his role, what he does (and who he is) «gives meaning to chaos.»” LA Review of Books

Evening Standard‘s pick for one of the best crime novels of the month (October 2018)

The summer of 1992 is a cold one in southern Italy. The chilling Mafia violence currently sweeping Sicily has spread to Puglia, much to the consternation of Pietro Fenoglio, a local officer of the Carabinieri.
Fenoglio, recently jilted by his wife, must simultaneously deal with his personal crisis and the gang wars raging around Bari. The case is stalled until a Mafia member, suspected of killing the son of a rival mobster, decides to collaborate.
The brutal killings are stopped but the mystery of the boy’s murder must still be solved, leading Fenoglio into a world of deep moral ambiguity, where the investigators are hard to distinguish from the investigated.

Gianrico Carofiglio

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: Testimone inconsapevole (Involuntary Witness, 2002), Ad occhi chiusi (A Walk in the Dark, 2003, Best International Noir of the year 2007 in Germany), Ragionevoli dubbi (Reasonable Doubts, 2006), Le perfezioni provvisorie (Temporary Perfections, 2010, Premio Selezione Campiello), La regola dell’equilibrio (A Fine Line, 2014), La misura del tempo (The Measure of Time, 2019, Premio Strega 2020 finalist). Officer of the Carabinieri Pietro Fenoglio is the protagonist of another series of novels: Una mutevole verità (A Shifting Truth, 2014, Premio Scerbanenco), L’estate fredda (The Cold Summer, 2016), La versione di Fenoglio (Fenoglio’s Version, 2019).
Among his fiction and non fiction works: Il passato è una terra straniera (The Past is a Foreign Land, 2004, Premio Bancarella 2005), adapted into an internationally awarded film, Né qui né altrove (Neither Here Nor Elsewhere. A Night in Bari, 2009), Non esiste saggezza (There is No Wisdom, 2010, 2020), La manomissione delle parole (Manumitting Words, 2010), Il silenzio dell’onda (The Silence of the Wave, 2011, finalist for Premio Strega 2012), Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose (The Vertiginous Edge of Things, 2013), La casa nel bosco (The House in the Woods, 2014), written with his brother Francesco, Con parole precise (With exact words, 2015), Passeggeri notturni (Night Passengers, 2016), Le tre del mattino (Three O’Clock in the Morning, 2017), and the pamphlet Con i piedi nel fango (Feet in the Mud, 2018). Many titles are also audiobooks, read by the author. In 2020 was released L’avvocato Guerrieri, Gianrico Carofiglio’s first audio-series. Gianrico Carofiglio’s multi-award winner and best selling books are translated into 27 languages worldwide.

“Hard-hitting, morally complex, and highly entertaining. A fascinating look at the Italian mafia, and the police who battled them, in the early 1990s.”
Peter Swanson, author of All the beautiful lies

The Cold Summer is a masterpiece, a novel that not only tells us about Italy, but also about the modern world. A novel that should be mandatory in school, to fight against the epidemic of corruption and mediocrity”.
Eugenia Rico, author of El beso del canguro

“The complex structure of Carofiglio’s narrative, with multiple structural and social parallels at the local and national level, contrasting criminal and civil worlds, and personal events in the lives of the characters, serves to reinforce the emphasis of the novel on the crucial role of structure in human life. But it is ultimately the ethical and sometimes contemplative Fenoglio who holds the whole novel together. His humanity holds out hope for some respite from the violence and corruption that lie behind all the story’s events. As he himself says of his role, what he does (and who he is) «gives meaning to chaos.»” LA Review of Books

“The author occupies a niche similar to Erle Stanley Gardner and John Grisham.”
Times Literary Supplement

“As exacting and contemplative as any crime writer I can think of.”
Washington Post 

“Every character in Carifiglio’s fiction has a story to tell and they are always worth hearing.”
Daily Mail

“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)

“Fenoglio is a sensitive, polished figure who has managed to keep his idealism intact in a career meant to break it.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A fine police procedural.”
Publishers Weekly 

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

Italian and international editions

Foreign publishers of Gianrico Carofiglio’s works
Albania: Fjala
Argentina: El Ateneo
Australia and New Zealand: Text Publishing
Austria: Folio Verlag
Bosnia: Buybook
Brazil: Editora Jaboticaba
Czech Republic: Host
Denmark: HR Ferdinand
Ethiopia: Soomaalyia
Finland: Kustannus Moreeni
France: Payot e Rivages, Seuil, Slatkine
Germany: Goldmann, Folio Verlag, Scoventa
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
Serbia: Clio Publishing
Somalia: Soomaalyia
Spain (Castilian): Urano, La Esfera de los Libros, Anagrama
Spain (Catalan): Edicions 62
Sweden: Schibsted, Forum
Switzerland (French): Slatkine
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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