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The Night of the Panthers: a crooked cop in a very crooked city

Piergiorgio Pulixi presents his latest novel, The Night of the Panthers at the Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning.  Money, sex, and power, Inspector Biagio Mazzeo is the head of a special unit trained in the investigation of organized crime. He is a kind of father figure to these hard men and he often leads them well beyond the confines of what is legal. But now they’ve been found out. In order to save his men from being smeared in a corruption scandal,Mazzeo sacrifices himself and is tried and sentenced to jail time. His sacrifice, however, isn’t enough to get his men out of trouble. His unit has stolen a shipment of drugs and its owners want it back. This time, Mazzeo’s boys have messed around with the wrong drug cartel, for these are not ordinary criminals, this is the ‘Ndrangheta, the infamous Calabrian mafia that is known to stop at nothing to get what’s theirs. From behind bars Mazzeo has only one way of helping his men: making a deal with a young female police officer who promises he will be realized and all charges will be dropped if Mazzeo embarks on a suicide mission to put an end to an underworld war. In a gripping crescendo of violence, vendettas and corruption, Biagi Mazzeo has to choose sides because this time it’s not just his badge that’s on the line but his life. The Night of the Panthers is Piergiorgio Pulixi’s debut in English translation and an action-filled police drama that will have readers’ pulses racing. Piergiorgio Pulixi was born in Cagliari, Sardinia, in 1982. He is a member of Sabot, an experiment in collective crime fiction writing created by Massimo Carlotto, Italy’s preminent author of crime fiction. He lives in London.


  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Mumbai
  • In collaboration with: Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning - Mumbai