"The name of the author Pitigrilli ... is so well known in Italy as to be almost a byword for 'naughtiness' ... The only wonder to us is that some enterprising translator did not render some of his books available in English sooner."
–The New York Times
"Cocaine is a brilliant black comedy that belongs on the same shelf as Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies and Dawn Powell's The Wicked Pavilion."
–Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls
"Pitigrilli was an enjoyable writer–spicy and rapid–like lightning."
"Pitigrilli ... deserves rehabilitation. His bleak and brilliant satire, lush and intoxicating prose, and sadistic playfulness remain as fresh and caustic as they were nine decades ago. His tragic vision of the human condition, expressed through ironic wit and eloquence, distinguishes the great literature of any era."
"Pitigrilli never loses his droll sense of humor, or playful use of language, which ensures this little romp is always a pleasurable one."
"Seriously wicked ... It deals playfully and brutally with provocative issues of promiscuity, prostitution and ecstasy, and remains at its heart filled with pure, romantic longing."