elville House's display at the American Library Association's 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia
included Giorgio Scerbanenco's Traitors to All
(published in Britain under the title Betrayal
), a welcome reminder that Scerbanenco, the Father of Italian Noir, will finally be easily available in the U.S. for the first time in more that forty years. The novel appears later this year, as will Scerbanenco's A Private Venus
, the appearance of whose U.K. edition had to be the event of of the international crime fiction year in 2012.
Scerbanenco may be Melville House's greatest gift to America since it reprinted Derek Raymond's Factory novels
Scerbanenco may be Melville House's greatest gift to America until it publishes U.S. editions of David Peace's The Damned United
, Red or Dead
, and GB84
later this year. The publisher offered a 30-page excerpt of Red or Dead
at its ALA booth, and the first few pages make me want to read more. The novel is the story of a soccer manager's revolutionary salvaging of the then down-on-its-lick Liverpool F.C., but it reads like James Ellroy.
|Old meets new in a cool chair|
at the ALA 2014 Midwinter
Meeting. Photo by your
The relentless prose suggests Ellroy, whose American Tabloid
, Blood's A Rover
, and The Cold Six Thousand
I've read in the past month. Peace's novel, like Ellroy's trilogy, is based on history, though of a man, a city, and a soccer team, rather than of a tumultuous era in a nation's history. I expect I'll find myself comparing how the two authors make fictional sense out of reality.
© Peter Rozovsky 2014
Labels: American Library Association, David Peace, Giorgio Scerbanenco, Melville House