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Gianrico Carofiglio , Howard Curtis

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From Publishers Weekly

Carofiglio is an anti-Mafia prosecutor in the southern Italian city of Bari, and maybe someday he'll write a novel with a main character who faces the same kinds of challenges as he does. Until then, we have this second book (after 2005's Involuntary Witness), a bestseller in Italy, starring Bari defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri, who could have just gotten off an Alitalia flight from the Land of Grisham or the Los Angeles of Michael Connelly's The Lincoln Lawyer. Guerrieri can't resist taking on a case no other lawyer will touch, that of Martina Fumai, who has accused her vicious ex-boyfriend, the son of a powerful judge, of assault. Colorful characters, unexpected plot twists and smooth, often sharp writing ("The best of Vietnamese New Wave.... The kind of music I love so much I can even listen to it for five minutes at a stretch") will keep readers turning the pages. (Oct.)
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From Booklist

A woman has accused her former lover of assault and battery, not to mention harassment and stalking. But because the man is the son of a powerful judge, the victim can't find a lawyer to take her case. Enter defense attorney Guido Guerrieri, who soon discovers that this seemingly hopeless (and potentially career--destroying) case is also a lot trickier and more dangerous than he had expected it to be. The second novel by Italian prosecutor Carofiglio, smoothly translated by Curtis, is breezy and witty but also dark and moody. The author's familiarity with the legal system allows him to play up its weaknesses, and Guerrieri, a man who values the rights of his clients above his own professional well-being, is an intelligent and sympathetic series lead. Readers bored with assembly-line American legal thrillers should welcome this latest Italian import with open arms. David Pitt
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Review

"Involuntary Witness is a stunner. The trial itself is absorbing but it is the veracity of the setting and the humanity of the lawyer that makes the novel a courtroom drama of such rare quality." Times "A new voice, and one with which I am sure we will soon become familiar is that of Gianrico Carofiglio, an anti-mafia judge whose first crime novel, Involuntary Witness, has been a best seller in Italy and won many prizes. A powerful redemptive novel beautifully translated." Daily Mail "Compelling novel written by a judge, the scourge of local criminals who likes to write books that make his readers cry. An author that has the audacity to reveal both a flawed legal system and debunk the myth of the macho Italian man". Observer "The author occupies a niche similar to that which is filled in America by Erle Stanley Gardner and John Grisham. The genre is flourishing and if Carofiglio, following his fellow practitioners, has endowed his hero with discriminating taste for good food, he has none of their relish for brutality. Violence is kept at arm's length." Times Literary Supplement" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gianrico Carofiglio: Gianrico Carofiglio was an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, a port on the coast of Puglia, for many years and is now a member of the Italian Senate. He has sold over 2.5 million books of the Guerrieri series in Italy alone.

Howard Curtis: Howard Curtis translates fiction from the Italian and the French. His work is much acclaimed and has won numerous prizes.

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