World Noir is a new series from Europa Editions featuring the best in international crime fiction.

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Europa Editions is proud to bring you its World Noir series, featuring the best in international crime fiction. The new crime series will publish 3 to 4 new titles each season, but will begin with a BANG this summer with a total of fourteen titles, four redesigned classics from the europa list and nine brand new titles, including Stav Sherez's A Dark Redemption (England), Philippe Georget's Summertime All the Cats are Bored (France), and Zane Lovitt's The Midnight Promise (Australia).

Reissues include the legendary Marseilles Trilogy by Jean-Claude Izzo and the espionage driven Minotaur by Benjamin Tammuz.


A digital edition of the World Noir Reader is also available in ePub (Nook, Sony), mobi (Kindle) and PDF (desktop) formats.

In addition to the World Noir titles, Europa has released a special international crime fiction reader free to download now! The reader contains a variety of essays, excerpts, and interviews, such as: an overview of contemporary Italian crime writers by Carl Bromley, an excerpt from Israeli diplomat and artist Benjamin Tammuz's Minotaur, and Gene Kerrigan's reflections on Dublin as a crime city. We've also created a Crime City Dossier that provides statistics and a "perfect protagonist" for each infamous location.

For more information and updates, check out our World Noir Facebook page, or take a look at our catalogue on our website.

It promises to be a criminally good summer.

  • Maurizio De Giovanni

    The Crocodile

    This is Naples as you’ve never seen it before. A chaotic, shadowy city full of ominous echoes and dark alleyways where each inhabitant seems too absorbed by his or her own problems to give a damn about anybody else. absorbed by his or her own problems to give a damn about anybody else. And that is exactly what makes it possible for a cold, methodical killer to commit his atrocious crimes largely undisturbed, to merge with the crowd as if he were invisible. The newspapers call him “The Crocodile” because, like a crocodile, when he devours his own children he cries. And like a crocodile he is a perfect killing machine: he waits and watches until his prey is within range, and then he strikes. (Read more...)

  • Caryl Férey

    Mapuche

    Twenty-eight-year-old Jana is a Mapuche, one of those “people of the earth” who roamed the most fertile tracts of the south American pampas for over two thousand years before being dispossessed in 1910 by the Argentinean constitution and transformed overnight into outlaws. Long black hair, big almond-shaped eyes, ravishing features, tall…but with small breasts, breasts that stopped growing following a violent attack by the Argentinean police when she was a mere child. Jana is sculptor of a rare and undiscovered talent who prostitutes herself down at the docks to make ends meet. She is connected, as if by a blood bond, to her best friend Miguel, a.k.a. Paula, a transvestite who also works the docks. When the body of a transvestite is found emasculated at the Port de la Boca, Jana turns for help and protection to private investigator Ruben Calderón. (Read more...)

  • Marco Malvaldi

    Game for Five

    At the Bar Lume, in a small coastal resort near Livorno, between shots of espresso and hands of cards, four old-timers and Massimo, the barman, wile away the time chatting, arguing, and theorizing about the murder of a young woman in their town. The girl’s body was found in a dumpster bin on the edge of town. The victim’s now notoriously licentious lifestyle has everyone thinking that her death had something to do with the world of drug trafficking and dangerous sex that she inhabited. The prime suspects in the case are two of the girl’s nightlife associates. But out of love of gossip and just to pass the time, the group of old friends at the Bar Lume begin to pull the case to pieces, forcing the Barman Massimo into the role of amateur sleuth. (Read more...)

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  • Mallock

    The Cemetery of Swallows

    One day, Manuel Gemoni travels to the other end of the world to kill an old man in the Dominican Republic. Manuel can only explain his bizarre actions by saying, “I killed him because he had killed me.” Unable to comprehend why an ordinary family man with no history of violent behavior would go to such lengths to kill a man he didn’t even know, Police Commissioner Amédée Mallock decides to investigate. In order to save Manuel from death, the misanthropic Mallock must immerse himself in the harsh tropical jungles of the Dominican Republic and the snow-covered streets of Paris. (Read more...)

  • Benjamin Tammuz

    Minotaur

    On the day of his forty-first birthday, an Israeli secret agent encounters a beautiful young English woman. He immediately recognizes her as the woman he has been searching for all his life, the one he has loved forever. Though they have never met, he is certain that she is an essential part of his life’s destiny. Using all the tricks of his trade and his network of contacts, he takes control of her existence without ever revealing his identity. Alexander Abramov’s desperate, dangerous love for a woman half his age consumes everything in its path: time, distance, and rival suitors. Only his own story, of a life conditioned by isolation, distrust, and murder, can explain his devastating manipulation of the woman he professes to love. (Read more...)

  • Stav Sherez

    A Dark Redemption

    We first meet Jack Carrigan as a promising young musician on a post graduation holiday in Africa with three friends. Driving at night in Uganda, unsure of their route, they encounter a rebel force drunk on drugs and their own cruelty. We next see Jack, years later, now an inspector with the Metropolitan police. The two survivors of the incident meet regularly but are unable to discuss what occurred until Jack begins to investigate the murder of a renowned African woman who was studying at the London School of African and Oriental Studies. Carrigan has become a loner, unpopular with his colleagues because he is an expert at being the first detective at a crime scene to ensure that he will run the investigation. His work on this case takes on a terrible immediacy, pulling him into a London diaspora of rough communities, a largely invisible cauldron of illegal immigrants and fugitives. He discovers that the victim was researching the rise of African rebel groups and had discovered the hidden complicity of the current Ugandan government in a brutal campaign to silence dissent. (Read more...)

  • Maurizio De Giovanni

    I Will Have Vengeance

    Naples, March 1931: a bitter wind stalks the city streets, and murder lies at its chilled heart. When one of the world's greatest tenors, Maestro Vezzi, is found brutally murdered in his dressing room at Naples' famous San Carlo Theatre, the enigmatic and aloof Commissario Ricciardi is called in to investigate. Arrogant and bad-tempered, Vezzi was hated by many, but with the livelihoods of the opera company at stake, who would have committed this callous act? Ricciardi, along with his loyal colleague, Maione, is determined to discover the truth. But Ricciardi carries his own secret: will it help him solve tihs murder? (Read more...)

  • Gene Kerrigan

    The Rage

    Vincent Naylor, just released from jail, resumes doing what he does best: planning for a high stakes robbery. Bob Tidey, an honest policeman, discouraged by his colleagues' deals with criminals and about to commit perjury, is investigating the murder of one of Dublin's many suspect bankers. A call from an old acquaintance will change the course of his investigation.Maura Coady, a retired nun living on regrets and bad memories, notices something that she can't ignore and makes a phone call that will set in motion a series of fateful events. (Read more...)

  • Massimo Carlotto

    At the End of a Dull Day

    Giorgio Pellegrini, the unforgettable hero of The Goodbye Kiss, has been living an “honest” life for eleven years. But that’s about to change. His lawyer has been playing him, and now Giorgio is forced into service as an unwilling errand boy for an organized crime syndicate. At one time, Giorgio wouldn’t have thought twice about robbing, kidnapping and killing in order to get what he wanted or to get out of a mess like this. But these days he’s too long in the tooth to face his enemies head-on. To get back to his peaceful life as a successful businessman he’s going to have to find another way to shake off the mob. Fortunately, though Giorgio’s circumstances may have changed, deep down he’s still the ruthless killer he used to be. (Read more...)

  • Philippe Georget

    Summertime All the Cats Are Bored

    It’s the middle of a long hot summer
    on the French Mediterranean shore and the town is full of tourists. Sebag and Molino, two tired cops who are being slowly devoured by dull routine and family worries, deal with the day’s misdemeanors and petty complaints at the Perpignan police headquarters without a trace of enthusiasm. Out of the blue a young Dutch woman is brutally murdered on a beach at Argelès, and another disappears without a trace in the alleys of the city. A serial killer obsessed with Dutch women? Maybe. The media goes wild. Gilles Sebag finds himself thrust into the middle of a diabolical game. If he intends to salvage somethinganythinghe will have to put aside his domestic cares, forget his suspicions of his wife’s unfaithfulness, ignore his heart murmur, and get over his existential angst. “He waits joylessly, patiently, and lets himself go. The stone house may end up being his grave. Who’s doing what, who’s chasing who? Who is the mouse, and who’s the cat?” (Read more...)

  • Jean-Claude Izzo

    Garlic, Mint, & Sweet Basil

    Available for the first time in English in Howard Curtis’s brilliant translation, this collection of personal essays shows Izzo at his most contemplative and insightful. He writes beautifully about the city he loved, the sea to which he belonged, and the literary movement that made him famous. (Read more...)

  • Zane Lovitt

    The Midnight Promise

    A detective’s story ingeniously told in ten cases, The Midnight Promise marks the debut of a thrilling new talent in the world of crime fiction. John Dorn is a classic gumshoe. His woman has left him, he lives in his office, and he drinks too much. His one friend, a lawyer named Demetri, hands him an infinite supply of hopeless cases and lost causes,to which Dorn, ever the champion of the underdog and the oppressed, is drawn to “as a sledgehammer is to a kneecap.” The “cases” are as different as can be, but each one reveals a little more of Dorn’s own troubled past and his dire present, leading to a final confrontation with his arch nemesis: himself. (Read more...)

  • Jean-Claude Izzo

    Total Chaos

    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. “Full of fascinating characters, tersely brought to life in a prose style that is (thanks to Howard Curtis’ shrewd translation) traditionally dark and completely original.”—The Chicago Tribune(Read more...)

  • Jean-Claude Izzo

    Chourmo

    “Chourmo . . . the rowers in a galley. In Marseilles, you weren’t just from one neighborhood, one project. You were chourmo. In the same galley, rowing! Trying to get out. Together.” In this second installment of Izzo’s legendary Marseilles Trilogy (Total Chaos, Chourmo, Solea) Fabio Montale has left a police force riddled with corruption, racism and greed to follow the ancient rhythms of his native town: the sea, fishing, the local bar, hotly-contested games of belote. But his cousin’s son has gone missing and Montale is dragged back onto the mean streets of a violent, crime-infested Marseilles.(Read more...)

  • Jean-Claude Izzo

    Solea

    The third and final installment in the remarkable Marseilles Trilogy (Total Chaos, Chourmo), Solea continues Jean-Claude Izzo’s distinctive brand of vibrant crime writing, skillfully evoking a time and place that has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers the world over. Marseilles’ simmering issues of race, politics, organized crime and big business come to a rolling boil. Ex-cop, loner, would-be bon vivant, Fabio Montale is back and 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. (Read more...)

  • Maurizio De Giovanni

    Blood Curse

    Ricciardi has visions. He sees and hears the final seconds in the lives of victims of violent deaths. It is both a gift and a curse. It has helped him become one of the most acute and successful homicide detectives in the Naples police force. But all that horror and suffering has hollowed him out emotionally. He drinks too much and sleeps too little. Other than his loyal partner, Brigadier Maione, he has no friends. (Read more...)