A Private Venus

A Private Venus (Italian: Venere privata) is a 1966 detective novel by the Italian writer Giorgio Scerbanenco. It tells the story of how the former doctor Duca Lamberti is assigned to treat the alcoholic son of a millionaire, and begins to unveil the secrets surrounding the death of a young woman in the affluent world of Milan. It was the first in a series of four novels about Dr. Duca Lamberti. An English translation by Howard Curtis was published in 2012.[1]

The book was the basis for the 1970 film Safety Catch directed by Yves Boisset.[2]


Kirkus Reviews wrote in 2014 that "the first volume in Scerbanenco’s Milano Quartet is a blast from the past, a sleek, stripped-down reminder of the fast, brutal days of Continental noir".[3]


  1. "A private Venus". WorldCat. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  2. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. 1999. p. 410. ISBN 1-85739-229-9.
  3. "A Private Venus". Kirkus Reviews. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
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