Duca Lamberti
Created by Giorgo Scerbanenco

Only Giorgo Scerbanenco is worth mentioning amongst the Italian hardboiled authors, in my opinion. And his main character, DUCA LAMBERTI isn't actually a PI, per se. He's a former doctor from Milan who was struck off from the Italian Medical Association (for euthanasia ) and who now freelances for La questure (police Headquarters). He was featured in four novels in the sixties.

Scerbanenco was awarded Le Grand prix de la littérature policière 1968 for his book Traditori di Tutti, which was translated into English as Duca and the Milan Murders.


  • Venera Privata (1966; AKA Vénus privée)
  • Traditori di Tutti (1966; A tous les rateliers)
  • I Ragazzi del massacro (1968; Les enfants du massacre)
  • I Milanesi ammazzano al Sabato (1969; Lles milanais tuent le samedi).

Respectfully submitted by Marcel Bernadac.

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