With the open-hearted rashness that belongs to every true writer, Saviano returns to tell the story of the fierce and grieving heart of Naples. -- Elena Ferrante Thriller of the Month . . . Saviano's characterisation, dialogue and set-pieces are first-rate, but what sets the book apart (as with Gomorrah) is his quasi-anthropological portrayal of a micro-society, with a mix of influences that ranges from Call of Duty, porn and mafia movies to Catholic ritual. * Sunday Times * Very impressive . . . I admire Roberto [Saviano] a lot. -- Leila Slimani A kind of Instagram-era Godfather, pungent with trashtalking and squalid detail. * Metro * The children of Gomorrah . . . in Mr Saviano's Naples, not even the playgrounds are safe. * The Economist * This is an Italy everyone should see . . . Readers will be rewarded. * Literary Review * A frightening but thrilling novel, alternatively poetic and brutal. * The Herald * The Piranhas is a tragic story, desperate and devastating [...] Saviano both shocks and mesmerises as this tragic tale unfolds. It's a heart breaking tale and a salutary lesson. * Nudge-book magazine * Dramatic, musical, poetic * El Mundo * A shocking and thrilling book * De Morgen * No matter what Saviano is saying or denouncing, he is, above all, telling a story. This is his natural genius. The Piranhas once again demonstrates this eloquently. * La Repubblica *
Roberto Saviano was born in 1979 and studied philosophy at the University of Naples. Gomorrah, his first book, has won many awards, including the prestigious 2006 Viareggio Literary Award, and was adapted into a play, a film, and a television series.