Rome Noir edited by Chiara Stangalino, a literary and arts festival organizer, & British author Maxim Jakubowski, is an Italy-set installment in the Akashic Noir series of award-winning mystery/suspense anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.
This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in and around Rome, Italy (there’s also a separate Venice volume) from historical times through to the present day, and includes stories in English translation by prize-winning Italian authors such as Antonio Scurati and many more, as well as in English by other authors such as Maxim Jakubowski.
Offered DRM-free through midnight December 8th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.
Free for a limited time until midnight December 8th EST (I think the download actually stays available for several hours longer, but that’s the official offer cut-off time) @ the the publisher’s (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available worldwide). You can also read more about this title at the regular catalogue page, where you can see the full list of authors and their contributed stories.
Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.
Brand-new stories by: Antonio Scurati, Carlo Lucarelli, Gianrico Carofiglio, Diego De Silva, Giuseppe Genna, Marcello Fois, C.D. Formetta, Enrico Franceschini, Boosta, Francesca Mazzucato, Maxim Jakubowski, Evelina Santangelo, Nicola Lagioia, Tommaso Pincio, Antonio Pascale, and Nicoletta Vallorani.
From the introduction by Chiara Stangalino & Maxim Jakubowski:
“According to the legend, Rome owes its origins to a murder—when one brother killed another in order to grab the crown. Since then, there has been a dark tapestry of misdeeds, plots, and assassinations alongside some of the cruelest crimes in the history of mankind, beginning with Nero and Caligula, all through myriad bloody Vatican intrigues, wars by the handful, urban terrorism, and the arcane modern collusions between politics and the Mafia . . .
Next time you are visiting Italy, enjoy your tourist pursuits but on occasion pause for a moment and try to see what lies beyond the corner of the alley or street you are walking down, or attempt to imagine what might be happening behind those closed curtains you are passing. But until then, let your imagination take a dip into Rome Noir, and travel the city from its trunk roads to its highways, past the notorious Stazione Termini and the shadow of the iconic Colosseum, and through both the fashionable and sometimes undesirable areas that have inspired our writers.“