In Ostia, a depressed coastal settlement twenty miles from the powerful and corrupt city of Rome, a mighty local crime family, the Mafia, corrupt politicians, and new rabid criminal elements battle each other for a billion-dollar payoff. Suburra will be released as a Netflix original series in 2017. During the final days of Silvio Berlusconi's reign, a massive development proposal that will turn Ostia into a gambling paradise, a Las Vegas on the Mediterranean, is winding its way through the Italian legislature thanks to the sponsorship of politicians in the pay of crime syndicates with vested interests. In short, it's business as usual in the Italian capital. But a vicious gang of local thugs loyal to nobody but themselves is insisting on a bigger cut than agreed upon. They argue their case quite convincingly, but the Mafia and their political puppets aren't likely to back down without a fight. De Cataldo and Bonini have created a compelling, provocative portrait of contemporary Rome a city prey to pitiless criminal factions and political opportunism. A fast-paced and atmospheric work of crime fiction, Suburra rivals the best novels by writers such as Denis Lehane, Richard Price, and George Pelecanos, and successful series like The Wire and The Night Of."
Praise for Suburra "An enthralling noir novel that draws inspiration from the real-life scandals that have plagued Italy in recent years." Paris Match "Suburra performs an autopsy on Rome, that shrewd and corrupt city. As a novel it is fully equal to the task of capturing its complex subject." Le Monde "In Suburra, the incidents revealed by the Mafia Capitale investigation were already in large part recounted in the vivid and hard tones (here and there with a bit of 'splatter, ' a la Quentin Tarantino) of 'fiction, ' but with the realistic breadth that captures a great city tragically 'delivered' to political, economic and criminal corruption." La Repubblica "Bonini and De Cataldo find the courage to recount the unadulterated truth, however disturbing it might be, of a city that seems to have forgotten it is part of the civilized world." Paolo Sorrentino, Oscar Award-winning director of The Great Beauty"
Carlo Bonini is an Italian writer and journalist for the Italian national daily, La Repubblica. Giancarlo De Cataldo is a bestselling novelist, essayist, the author of numerous TV screenplays, and a judge on the circuit court of Rome.