The Cold Summer
“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.
Publication date: 25.10.2016
Publisher: Einaudi Stile Libero
Number of Pages: 340
Foreign rights sold in
Australia and New Zealand: Text Publishing
Denmark: HR Ferdinand
UK and US: Bitter Lemon Press
Audiovisual rights sold to Clemart.
In autumn 2023, the TV series Il metodo Fenoglio, based on Gianrico Carofiglio's trilogy (Una mutevole verità, L'estate fredda and La versione di Fenoglio) will be released. A Rai Fiction and Clemart co-production, sold worldwide by Beta Film, starring actor Alessio Boni as Maresciallo Fenoglio.