Friday, November 8, 2013

Matteo Strukul

The Author, Matteo StrukulMatteo Strukul is an Italian author of pulp-crime fiction. His first critically acclaimed novel The Ballad of Mila was shortlisted in his native Italy for the Premio Scerbanenco / La Stampa and won the Premio Speciale Valpolicella. This is the first in an on-going series focused on a female character, the Italian Bounty Hunter Mila Zago, a.k.a. Red Dread.
Matteo Strukul is also a well-known graphic novel writer. Together with international artist Alessandro Vitti (MARVEL and DC), he created Red Dread, a comic book series with Mila Zago as protagonist. The series is published by Italian independent label Lateral Publish and was awarded the Premio Leone di Narnia as “Best Italian comic book series of the year”.
Creator and founder of Italian literary fiction movement, Sugarpulp, Matteo is also the artistic director of the Sugarpulp Festival – an international event focused on crime and popular fiction – as well as being line editor of Revolver, a crime fiction imprint of Edizioni BD.
Matteo earned a PhD in European Law of Contracts at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and lives between Padua and Berlin with his wife Silvia.
Visit Matteo Strukul’s website at and follow him on Twitter at @matteostrukul.

Exhibit A Books by Matteo Strukul

The Ballad of Mila (March 2014)

The Ballad of Mila by Matteo Strukul

“When you read Matteo Strukul, wear something washable.
The action is non-stop, and the blood flies off the page.”
- Linwood Barclay, bestselling author of Never Look Away and Fear the Worst)
Pray the cops find your first…
Imagine Elmore Leonard behind the wheel of a car in Grand Theft Auto as one Italian woman set out to cut the mafia down to size – one limb at a time
Two perfectly matched gangs are fighting for control of the North-East Italian region of Venetia. But a formidable young woman with vengeance on her mind has plans to upset the balance. Abandoned by her mother and violated by a gang of criminals just after they slaughtered her father, Mila Zago is a cold-blooded killer, a deadly assassin. Brought up by her grandfather on the Sette Comuni plateau under a rigid martial code, she returns home to seek her revenge, conspiring to create a spectacular showdown reminiscent A Fistful of Dollars.
The Ballad of Mila is the first novel in an on-going series focused on the formidable female Italian Bounty Hunter Mila Zago, a.k.a. Red Dread.
As well as being shortlisted for the Premio Scerbanenco / La Stampa, it won the Premio Speciale Valpolicella 2011, and in its graphic novel format was awarded the the Premio Leone di Narnia as “Best Italian comic book series of the year”.
“You’d better pray the cops find you first…”

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