Roman Crime Show: Excellent

Christopher Carroll writes: ‘While waiting for the cover of night to kidnap and blackmail a priest, two young Italian mobsters—principal characters in Suburra: Blood on Rome, an excellent new crime series from Netflix and RAI—kill time in a volcanic spring outside town. They are an unlikely pair: Aureliano Adami, a sadistic, nativistic, homophobic MMA enthusiast; and Spadino Anacleti, a closeted Sinti whose family is at odds with Aureliano’s. By this point, their mutual suspicion and contempt has given way to friendship, and as they sit and soak, Aureliano asks Spadino how things are going with his wife, intuiting that all is not well, though blithely unaware why.’

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