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MASSIMO CARLOTTO was at the centre of one of the most controversial law cases in Italian history. In January 1976, Carlotto, at that time a member of a left-wing movement, stumbled across a brutally stabbed body in his hometown. The police accused him of the murder, and just before the appeal, his lawyer advised him to run. Betrayed finally in Mexico, Carlotto was captured and tortured, and sent back to Italy. Following trials, mistakes, and changes in the law, he was sent to prison, before being pardoned in 1993. His first book was an autobiography, but he then started writing a series in which the main character, Alligator, is a former convict who becomes a detective, and, like Carlotto, has a thirst for truth and justice.

The Aligator Detective Series
(Translated from the Italian by Christopher Woodall)
© Year
Set In
The Colombian Mule (#4)
Il Corriere Colombiano
© 2001
English Translation
The Master of Knots (#5)
Il Maestro di Nodi
© 2002
English Translation
 Tuscany, Turin
Not yet translated from the Italian     
La verità dell'alligatore - this was the first of Carlotto's 'Alligator' series of crime novels, introducing the principal character Marco Buratti (aka Alligator) a former blues singer and prisoner, now an unlicensed detective with an obsession for the truth and a taste for calvados.
© 1997
Il mistero di Mangiabarche - the second 'Alligator' novel, set in Sardinia and (briefly) Corsica, adding corrupt Nato highups, supergrasses and political subversives to the mix.
© 1998
Nessuna cortesia all'uscita - the third novel of the 'Alligator' series, examining the clash between organized crime outfits of the old school and the latest trends in criminal enterprise, behaviour and mores. It was awarded the Premio Dessi prize in 1999.
© 1999