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Black Souls

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
 The modern Italian classic about Calabrian organized crime—now an award-winning motion picture—makes its English-language debut.
 
In the remote Aspromonte Mountains in southern Calabria, Italy, three best friends embark on a life of crime in order to raise themselves up out of the poverty of their childhoods. Brainy Luciano, the behind-the-scenes schemer, was orphaned as a little boy when the local mob boss had his postman father executed. Lazy, jovial Luigi has learned that there’s no point in following the rules. And completing the triumvirate is the nameless narrator, from whose black soul comes the inspiration and energy for each new criminal project, from kidnapping to armed robbery to heroin dealing to contract killing.
 
Set in the birthplace of the ‘Ndrangheta, Calabria’s ruthless and ubiquitous mafia, Black Souls draws on centuries of brigand lore, peasant rebellion history, mountain mythology, and colonial suffering to offer a gripping morality tale about how violence begets violence.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A raw, savage blockbuster of a narrative...If Cormac McCathy were born in Calabria he would have written this." - Ken Bruen


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Used availability for Gioacchino Criaco's Black Souls

Hardback Editions

March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Black Souls
Author(s): Gioacchino Criaco
ISBN: 1-61695-997-5 / 978-1-61695-997-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Black Souls (Soho Black Label Crime)
Author(s): Gioacchino Criaco
ISBN: 1-64129-128-1 / 978-1-64129-128-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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Audio Editions

March 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Black Souls
Author(s): Gioacchino Criaco
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Black Souls
Author(s): Gioacchino Criaco
Publisher: Soho Crime
Availability: Amazon CA