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Duca and the Milan Murders

Author: Scerbanenco, Giorgio Set In . . .
 Europe, Italy, Milan
Genre: Other
Time Frame: None
Published: 1970
Description: Winner of the Grand Prix du Roman Policier. The first English translation of a tremendously popular Italian thriller writer, introducing his delightful detective Duca Lamberti. --- Giorgio Scerbanenco died in 1969. He had a large personal following in Italy and had written more than 60 novels, of which 10 were thrillers, and several thousand short stories. He was born in 1911 in Kiev of a Ukrainian father and an Italian mother. The first 16 years of his life were spent in Rome and the family then moved to Milan. He worked as a labourer, a shop assistant, a vendor of ready-reckoners in street markets before establishing himself as a short-story writer, novelist and periodical journalist. With the Duca Lamberti novels he set himself to create a contemporary Italian detective-hero who would be more than a police inspector or an Italian-style Maigret. With "Venere Privata" he achieved an immediate success but it was the second novel in the series, "Traditori di Tutti", now published in English under the title "Duca and the Milan Murders", which brought him international fame and the award of the Grand Prix du Roman Policier. This prize, for the French translation, was open to contenders from the whole of Europe.
  
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