Massimo Carlotto was born in Padova in 1956. At the age of 19 he was arrested on suspicion of murdering a female student, a crime for which he was only acquitted after eighteen years, eleven trials, one successful escape attempt and finally a Presidential Pardon.
Gianrico Carofiglio was born in Bari in 1961. A former anti-Mafia judge, he is the author of eight novels, including The Past is a Foreign Country, for which he won the Premio Bancarella.
Giancarlo De Cataldo is an Italian magistrate turned crime writer. He is the editor of Crimini, The Bitter Lemon book of Italian Crime Fiction.