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"Chiara's engrossing novel of loafing lotharios in post-WWII Italy hums with suspense ... Readers will be swept away by this lush, gothic-tinged mystery and its unscrupulous characters."
"Chiara's brief masterwork turns insinuation into high art ... A first-rate book that is both a moody suspense novel and a haunting allegory."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Happily, this hypnotic novel, a mix of thriller and mood piece on the nature of sexual attraction, has finally been translated into English ... The sexual tension crackles ... The suspense is as palpable as the unmistakable echoes of Patricia Highsmith."
"For such a wicked and wanton novel, The Bishop's Bedroom is as tightly-controlled and queasily suspenseful as the best of Patricia Highsmith. It seduced me from its atmospheric opening pages to its shocking and satisfying final act."
--Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men
"Piero Chiara's novel is at once a murder mystery and a lyrical study of desire, greed, and deception. The ending is simply stunning."
--Andrï¿½ Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name
"Piero Chiara's dark idyll of erotic entanglements in post-WWII Italy was a revelation to me: a character study of sinister power, a beautiful evocation of the dolce vita on Lake Maggiore, and an unnerving portrayal of the predatory sexual mores of another world that mirrors those of our own in the strangest, most unexpected ways."
--James Lasdun, author of The Fall Guy and Give Me Everything You Have
"I consider myself to be the son of Piero Chiara ... I was his devoted reader. I've always loved storytellers and Chiara had great powers of seduction."
--Andrea Camilleri, author of The Shape of Water
"An author universally known in Italy, who has received several literary prizes ... esteemed as one of the most talented of modern novelists."
--World Literature Today
"One of Piero Chiara's masterpieces."
"An erotic charge is ready to explode at any moment ... One of the greatest works of 20th century Italian literature."