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Curtis, Howard 1949-

Works: 72 works in 210 publications in 2 languages and 13,187 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Psychological fiction  Legal stories  History  Biography  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Translator
Classifications: PQ4903.A665, 853.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Howard Curtis
Mary of Nazareth : a novel by Marek Halter( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictional account of the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, captures the turbulent world of an idealistic young woman who risks everything to bring a much-needed miracle to her people
A walk in the dark by Gianrico Carofiglio( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend, the son of a powerful local judge, of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf and one lawyer after another refuses to represent her
The lost girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young girl has mysteriously disappeared in Rome. As rain lashes the ancient streets, two men, Clemente and Marcus, sit in a cafe near the Piazza Navona and pore over the details of the case. They are members of the ancient Penitenzeri - a unique Italian team, linked to the Vatican, and trained in the detection of true evil. But they are not alone. Sandra - a brilliant forensics expert with a tragic past - is also working on the case. When her path crosses theirs, not only do they make headway in the case of the missing girl, but they also uncover a terrible secret world, hidden in the dark recesses of Rome. A world that is as perfect as it is evil ... A spellbinding literary thriller from the author of The Whisperer, this novel offers a window onto the hidden secrets of Rome. Beautifully capturing the atmosphere of the city, it blends a page-turning plot with fascinating historical fact
Total chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean-Claude Izzo's . . . growing literary renown and huge sales are leading to a recognizable new trend in continental fiction: the rise of the sophisticated Mediterranean thriller. . . . Caught between pride and crime, racism and fraternity, tragedy and light, messy urbanization and generous beauty, the city for detective Fabio Montale is a Utopia, an ultimate port of call for exiles. There, he is torn between fatalism and revolt, despair and sensualism. - The Economist This first installment in the legendary "Marseilles Trilogy" sees Fabio Montale turning his back on a police force marred by corruption and racism and taking the fight against the mafia into his own hands. Jean-Claude Izzo achieved astoundingly rapid success with his "Marseilles Trilogy". He died in Marseilles in 2000 at the age of 55
A death in Tuscany by Michele Giuttari( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered. Scantily dressed, she is lying by the edge of the woods. Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence's elite Squadra Mobile, takes the case. Because toxins were discovered in the girl's body, many assume that she died of a drug overdose. But Ferrara quickly realizes that the truth is darker than that: he believes the girl was murdered.--From back cover
Uncle Charles has locked himself in by Georges Simenon( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Dupeux, a humble book-keeper, comes home from work as usual but instead of sitting down to dinner, he locks himself in the attic. Precise details are given of the seedy, prosaic, unsentimental world of the French suburbs in this tale of "human suffering and depravity."
The silence of the wave by Gianrico Carofiglio( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An under-cover Roman policeman ravaged by guilt meets a woman on the run from her past. Every Monday and Thursday, Roberto Marías crosses Rome on foot for his appointment with his psychiatrist. There he sits in silence, flooded by memories of a past that has left him devastated. A chance meeting with a woman named Emma, also ravaged by a profound guilt, begin to painfully revive him
The officers' ward by Marc Dugain( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first days of shooting in 1914, Officer Adrien F., a lieutenant in the French army, is hit by mortar fire and part of his face is blasted away. Never to know the terrible hardships his comrades will suffer in the trenches, he is sent to a hospital on the outskirts of Paris to a closed ward without mirrors, specifically reserved for those who have been disfigured. Adrien's world becomes this one room, and his war the endless round of pain and reconstructive surgery. But among these men a special bond of friendship is created, and when their select group is joined by a beautiful woman, Adrien discovers that hope and humanity and humor can endure even in there, in the officer's ward. "The Officer's Ward won the Prix des Libraires, the Prix Deux Magots, the Prix Notre tremps, the Prix Litterarire du Rotary Club International and the Prix du Rotary Premier Roman. It was also shortlisted for the Grand Prix of the Academie Francaise
The past is a foreign country by Gianrico Carofiglio( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As world-weary Lieutenant Chiti spends sleepless nights hunting for the serial rapist terrorizing his city, trainee lawyer Giorgio is befriended by dangerously charismatic Francesco. Slowly the innocent Giorgio is lured into a corrupt world of beautiful women and casual violence. Then one terrifying night Giorgio is forced to realize just how far he has left his past behind
A sun for the dying by Jean-Claude Izzo( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homeless Rico travels from Paris to Marseilles, seeking warmth both of the climate and of the soul
Zulu by Caryl Férey( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ali Neuman, the chief of the Cape Town police crime unit, investigates the murder of Nicole Wiese, found in the city's botanical gardens, and the trail soon leads him to a brutal narcotics gang with links to a former official
The death of a Mafia don by Michele Giuttari( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bomb explodes in the centre of Florence, hitting the car of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of the elite Squadra Mobile. The attack rocks the ancient city to its foundations. Ferrara was clearly the target - and he did, after all, just controversially imprison notorious Mafia boss Salvatore Laprua. A week later, another bomb explodes - bringing tragedy for Ferrara and a determination to find the culprit. But that same morning, Salvatore Laprua is found dead in his prison cell. So who is the mysterious influence behind the bombings - someone even the Mafia fear?
Solea by Jean-Claude Izzo( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ex-cop, loner, and would-be bon vivant, Fabio Montale is back. His heartfelt cry against the criminal forces devastating his beloved Marseilles provides the touching conclusion to a trilogy that epitomizes the aspirations and ideals of the Mediterranean noir movement
In the sea there are crocodiles [based on the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari : a novel] by Fabio Geda( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a young boy whose agonizing struggle begins after his native Afghanistan becomes a dangerous place to live
The dark heart of Florence by Michele Giuttari( Book )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After enduring years at the mercy of an infamous serial killer, the people of Florence rejoice at news of his death-- until a senator is found brutally murdered. To Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara the case is very much alive. But, with a powerful adversary conspiring against him, he is trapped in a spiral of corruption and deadly speculation. As the truth comes to light, Ferrara is left standing face-to-face with something truly rotten at the heart of the city
A death in Calabria by Michele Giuttari( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the wildest and most beautiful regions in Italy, known for its rugged coastline and mountains, Calabria is also home to the deadly 'Ndrangheta. An organized Mafia crime operation more feared in Italy than the Cosa Nostra or the Camorra, it is shrouded in mystery. Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of Italy's elite Anti-Mafia Investigation Department is tasked with investigating the deaths of several Calabria citizens--some in New York, some in the small, isolated villages that dot the Calabrian countryside. To get to the bottom of the case, Ferrara has to infiltrate the village of San Piero d'Aspromonte, deep in the Calabrian mountains. And there, he must put his life on the line to learn more about a family at the center of an ancient, bloody feud
Who is Lou Sciortino? by Ottavio Cappellani( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cappellani's wildly entertaining Mafia comedy takes readers into the unhinged world of a family that makes the Sopranos look like the Waltons in this exhilarating debut from one of Italy's brightest young talents
Traitors to all by Giorgio Scerbanenco( Book )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lawyer who has spent time in prison with Duca is found drowned in one of the Milanese canals. Duca is contacted by a friend of the dead lawyer to perform surgery on a woman who after the operation confesses that although she is due to marry a wealthy butcher, is really in love with another man, the friend of the lawyer. Shortly afterwards, she is killed together with her lover. Duca discovers that the two events are linked and starts to unravel an arms and drugs trafficking business, centered in an understated trattoria, of which the two were part
Necropolis by Santiago Gamboa( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An author attends a conference featuring a series of extraordinary life stories, where the story of formerly troubled evangelical pastor José Maturana captures his imagination and causes him to seek answers when Maturana is later found dead
The shadow of what we were by Luis Sepúlveda( Book )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three old members of Chile's Socialist Liberation Army have been summoned by the anarchist known as The Shadow to carry out one last revolutionary mission. The Shadow disappears before he can meet with them, though, and now one of them must take over--and who better than the reckless and bumbling Coco Aravena?
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A walk in the darkTotal chaosA death in TuscanyUncle Charles has locked himself inThe officers' wardThe past is a foreign countryA sun for the dyingZulu