Urban Mobility and Technology in Carlo Lucarelli’s Almost Blue

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Pezzotti proposes that in the Italian crime fiction tradition, Carlo Lucarelli’s crime novels stand out for a problematisation of the detective’s mobility in the city. Through an analysis of the representation of Bologna as a postmodern and uncanny city and the relationship of the two main detectives—a young policewoman discriminated against in a male-dominated environment and a man with a disability—with the urban space, Pezzotti investigates how in Lucarelli’s Almost Blue (1997), the two protagonists eventually manage to control a network of interactions in an otherwise unknowable city through technology. The chapter makes the case for the subgenre of urban crime fiction as a powerful form of analysis of postmodern urban mobilities, an aspect still underexplored in crime fiction studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnational Crime Fiction
Subtitle of host publicationMobility, Borders and Detection
EditorsMaarit Piipponen, Helen Mäntymäkiäki, Marinella Rodi-Risberg
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030534134
ISBN (Print)9783030534127
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Crime fiction
  • literary geography

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