Sicilian-born Italian writer (1921-1989), famous for being one of the first writers to tackle the Mafia in literature, with his novel The Day of the Owl (1961). He seems to be one of those rare detective fiction writers who managed to gain admission into the club of High Literature He's quite famous and admired in Italy and widely translated into English, courtesy of NYRB.

I'm currently reading Il Contesto (Equal Danger in English) in Italian, with a loyal dictionary by my side, and enjoying the hell out of it. It's about a series of killings in a nameless country: all victims are judges. An inspector investigates but he notices the government interferring with his job when he starts investigating the honourable deceased's personal lives. It's a political parable, but the novel's subtitle is actually "A Parody," and it is if you possess gallows humour It's less a detective novel than a satirical commentary on the promiscuous relationships between government and justice.

ANy WLFers have had experiences with him?