He is a successful and famous writer of detective and noir novels mixing different literary genres to realize amazing stories. He writes short stories, anthologies and the detective trilogy with officer De Luca: Carta bianca, L’estate torbida and Via delle Oche.
He teached creative writing at the Holden School by Alessandro Baricco in Torino and at the prison Due Palazzi in Padova. He created the magazine Incubatoio 16.
He won Alberto Tedeschi Award with the novel Indagine non autorizzata in 1993, the Mistery Award with Via delle Oche in 1996 and he also won Franco Fedeli Award in 2000. For the tv show Blu Notte he won the Flaiano Award in 2006.
He leaded the Rai tv show Mistero in Blu, later called Blu notte: in every episod Lucarelli tells about unsolved italian murders.
His novel La Tenda Nera in Nero Italiano became a tv movie with Luca Barbareschi and his novel Almost Blue a movie by Alex Infascelli. He worked with Dario Argento in the movie Nonhosonno. His novel Lupo Mannaro became a movie by Antonio Tibaldi. Two of his characters, L’Ispettore Coliandro and Il commissario De Luca, became two tv characters.
His novels: l’Ottava vibrazione, the anthology called Il lato sinistro del cuore, the comics Cornelio delitti d’autore, Laura di Rimini, Mistero in blu, Il Giorno del lupo, Falange armata, Indagine non autorizzata, Febbre gialla, Nikita, Il Trillo del Diavolo, Autosole and, with Michele Giuttari, Compagni di Sangue, Medical Thriller with Eraldo Baldini and Giampiero Rigosi. Misteri d’Italia – i casi di Blu Notte, Serial Killer – Storie di ossessione omicida, La scena del crimine, Tracce Criminali e La Nera 35 casi/400 immagini with Massimo Picozzi, Nuovi Misteri d’Italia – i casi di Blu Notte, the dvd La Mattanza and Piazza Fontana.