Carlo Lucarelli was born in 1960 in Modena, Italy. One of the most exciting young writers in Europe, he has written eleven novels, all of them noirs. Almost Blue is his top-selling book. Lucarelli hosts a popular TV series that examines unsettling and unsolved crimes and the urban centers in which they occur. He also teaches writing in Torino, sings in a post-punk band, and edits an on-line magazine, Incubatoio 16. Almost Blue and many of his other books have been translated and published in Europe. This is the first to be published in the United States. World cinema discovered Lucarelli this spring as Almost Blue premiered as a film at the Cannes Film Festival. Lupo Mannaro, the first film with Grazia Negro as a protagonist, has proved enormously popular in Italy since its release last fall. Other Lucarelli tales are currently under contract for forthcoming film and TV project.