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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904738729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904738725
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #492,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Priase for the series: Hard-boiled and sun-dried in equal parts. Where Philip Marlowe would be knocking back bourbon and listening to the snap of fist on jaw, Guerrieri prefers Sicilian wine and Leonard Cohen. A" Financial Times The role of Guerrieri is to take on impossible cases that have little chance of success. His efforts to prove his client's innocence bring him into dangerous conflict with Mafia interests. Everything a legal thriller should be.A" The Times

About the Author

Gianrico Carofiglio now a member of the Senate in Italy was an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, a port on the coast of Puglia. He has been involved with trials concerning corruption, organized crime and the traffic in human beings. He is a best-selling author of crime novels, literary fiction and most recently has authored a graphic novel illustrated by his brother. This is the fourth Guerrieri novel is in this best-selling series.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ladyblues on Sept. 29 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of Gianrico Carofiglio's books and he writes like no other.
I am always sorry to put the book down after finishing it.
His stories are only part of the book. The way he writes it, is the other.
Reading his books are like being in the moment.
Please read him. '
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Witty lawyer turns amateur sleuth Sept. 24 2011
By Patto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Gianrico Carofiglio, even though I keep forgetting his name between books. I'd gladly read forty of his novels in a row, if there were forty. This is only the fifth Carofiglio novel in English translation.

There are four books featuring Guido Guerrieri. A selective defense lawyer, Guido does not represent child molesters, rapists or Mafiosi - but rather white-collar criminals and small time independent operators in the underworld. Usually he keeps his clients out of jail.

In this novel a colleague asks Guido to look into a closed case. A young woman went missing six months before, and the Carabinieri were never able to trace her or uncover a crime. Manuela's parents are devastated. They want to know what happened. Perhaps Guido, with his deep judicial knowledge, may be able to find some detail in the files that was overlooked in the original investigation.

The plot revolves around Guido's unofficial inquiries. Although not qualified for detective work, Guido takes secret delight in this opportunity. Fictional sleuths inspire him.

Tantalizing developments arise, sandwiched in between amusing glimpses of Guido's everyday legal cases. But even better than the storyline are Guido's witty, self-deprecating internal monologues. He sees his own absurdities and calls himself on every lapse of sense, taste or grammar.

At age forty-five, Guido is a delightful combination of brainy and brawny. He's an ex-boxer who still works out. On the other hand, his head is full of characters from books and scenes from movies. He knows popular music, but also has Proustian moments. No mythic superhero, Guido hates fast driving and packs no guns. He's an ironical hero for sophisticated readers.

Authenticity is always nice, and Carofiglio's books definitely have it. The author is a former prosecutor in Bari, the scene of his novels. He knows the Italian courts and with wry good humor invites us inside.

I'd highly recommend the whole Guido Guerrieri series. In order: Involuntary Witness, A Walk in the Dark, Reasonable Doubts, and Temporary Perfections.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Italian legal thriller has wit and personality Oct. 7 2011
By Lynn Harnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A discriminating defense lawyer who doesn't expect an innocent client -- just not too degenerate -- Guido Guerrieri has a satisfying practice in the Italian coastal town of Bari -- where the author was a former prosecutor.

At 45 he keeps fit, and sane, by frequent communion with an old boxer's punching bag, to which he tells his secrets and doubts. Guerrieri is no detective or investigator of any sort so he knows better when an old colleague begs him to take on a closed case -- a missing girl. But the challenge intrigues him and the parents' desperation tugs at his heartstrings.

Manuela Ferraro, in her twenties, disappeared on her way home from a weekend at a beach resort six months before and no clues have ever turned up as to what happened to her.

Questioning her friends, Guerrieri finds himself caught a bit off-balance with one, Caterina Pontrandolfi, a sexy, self-assured young woman half his age. Well-aware of his own foolishness and rationalizing, Guerrieri confides much to his punching bag while trying -- not very successfully -- to keep the young woman at arm's length. She is very eager to help find her friend and seems to find Guerrieri quite attractive too.

Despite the distractions, Guerrieri makes progress in his case while keeping up with his ordinary practice. Carofiglio's civilized, ironical tone makes Guerrieri especially appealing while the Italian setting and legal details add lots of color.

-- Portsmouth Herald
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Have your stereotypes destroyed Nov. 16 2013
By Mike Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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I suppose it is an Anglo conceit that I did not believe an Italian could write such a down to earth and very human book. Probably that is because so much of Italian life as reported in our newspapers - starting with the clown Silvio Berlusconi - seems like a joke. The Italians hardly come across as a serious people. But this book corrects most if not all of that impression.
It is a well pl0tted and believable mystery/thriller with what appears to be an authentic and plausible background, and it is very well written in a first person POV that is always difficult for writers to achieve. I enjoyed it so much I bought the other 3 books in the series.
I only wish I had read them in the correct order because there is a back story that develops through the series and I am sure that I will read them again in the correct sequence.
These books are a real eye opener, and page turners.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A philosopher's crime May 11 2013
By Queequeg - Published on Amazon.com
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When one has been on the other side of the law, perspective shifts radically. Even for a defendant, however, Henry VI, Part 1 takes it a bit far. ("The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.") However, truth be told in my (albeit limited) experience, I have indeed, sad to say, found there are few lawyers I like, and even fewer I trust. One happy exception is Guido Guerrieri; alas, his existence is fabricated, yet... Part of his charm could be because Guerrieri is more detective than lawyer, and even better, he steps out of a beautiful but existential universe. He has the capacity, even when taking on the most sordid cases, to see through the smoke and mirrors.

" Once we've told a story about something that happened - especially if we have told that story in a formal context...and we are asked to tell it again, we tend to reiterate the first narrative rather than evoking direct memories of the actual experience. This mechanism only becomes more firmly cemented with each successive repetition and, in the end, what happens is that we no longer remember the actual events, but instead our account of the events."

This legerdemain is a defense,reflexive, sometimes brilliant, but a defense nonetheless, and he recognizes it as such.

"It's not like memories dissolve and disappear. They're all still there, hidden under a thin crust of consciousness. Even the memories we thought we'd lost forever. Sometimes they remain under the surface for an entire lifetime. Other times, something happens that makes them reappear."

Proust tells us it's far better (and less dangerous) to visit the memories than the reality. But how do we hold on, then, and indeed, what a miracle if we do.

This brought to mind a passage from Nabokov, in oft overlooked Bend Sinister:
"As with so many phenomena of time, recurrent combinations are perceptible as such only when they cannot affect us any more --when they are imprisoned, so to speak, in the past, which is the past just because it is disinfected. To try to map our tomorrows with the help of data supplied by our yesterdays means ignoring the basic element of the future which is its complete non-existence. The giddy rush of the present into this vacuum is mistaken by us for a rational movement."

Counselor Guerrieri doesn't make that mistake. He is aware from the first that crimes, just like life, have no rational movement. The reader has a pretty good idea of what may ultimately occur, but watching Guerrieri meander through the shadows of drugs and despair has enough suspense to keep one curious. And although the darkness is often overwhelming, the Counselor manages to maintain his ballast.

"Hannah Arendt wrote, 'The remedy for unpredictability, for the chaotic uncertainty of the future, is contained in the faculty to make and keep promises.'" He does both, and for that, his creator, Gianrico Carofiglio just could be that exceedingly rare person, a prosecutor I might not mind.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A real joy to read March 14 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There are four books featuring Guido Guerrieri character. A rather selective defence lawyer who picks his clients, Guido prefers white-collar criminals and small time crooks who are independent operators from the underworld. His practice seems successful as he seems to keep his clients out of jail.

In this novel a Guido is asked to look into a closed case. A young woman who went missing six months before and the police were never able to trace her. The girl's parents are truly devastated. They want to know what happened to their daughter. It is felt that with Guido's deep judicial knowledge, he may be able to find some `crumb' in the files that was overlooked in the original Police investigation.

The narrative revolves around Guido's unofficial inquiries; Guido is no detective, but takes secret delight in this opportunity to be a sleuth, and takes inspiration from the fictional ones from both film and book.
While we are engrossed in the story we are given little golden nuggets of our amateur sleuth's everyday life and his legal cases. The storyline gives insight into Guido's witty and almost self-deprecating internal monologues.

Our protagonist is a complex and believable character; his little foibles do not detract but enhance the narrative. All in all a good read and I would strongly recommend this book, hence my 5 star rating.

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