Les Italiens


A hail of bullets shot through the window destroys the Paris Criminal Brigade, killing and wounding many of the people inside. Three policemen and a woman lie on the floor in a puddle of blood. “Les Italens” squad is depleted even before the investigation has begun. The chief of the squad, a disenchanted and slightly indolent policeman, together with his flic of Italian origins, is soon caught up in fierce man-hunt. He is forced to escape through a sundrenched Paris, hunted down by a group of merciless killers who won’t stop until they’ve caught him and the beautiful transsexual painter whom he’s been stuck with protecting. Despite himself, and amongst quarrels and a fair amount of discontent, he must protect and save this surprising young woman. A terrible journey that leads them to slowly know each other, bringing them closer, changing their perspective and challenging their convictions.

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“Maybe these tough and pure tender hearted cops, indomitable scoundrels like we Italians tend to be, don’t really exist. And maybe Pandiani’s Paris is just fantasy. But it’s a nice fantasy. A breath of fresh air in the dear, old noir genre.”

Giancarlo De Cataldo, bestselling crime novelist, author of Romanzo Criminale

Rights Sold: Italy [Instar Libri], France [Editions Telemaque]

Optioned for Film/TV Series by IFF

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Genre: Crime, Noir, Thriller