Yes good story moved at a good pace with good narration
yes. needed to find out how it would end.
The story is the tried genre of the hapless almost - PI cop or lawyer lost in love and life but saves the day through an investigation.
Interacting though having court scenes in Italy and where one goes to a new woman's place for dinner at ten am.
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First, well narrated. Started slow for me. It's hard for me to read about a state of depression and associated side affects and get excited. However, it turned into a bang up courtroom drama. Good characters. Well thought out.
I was undecided how to rate this. The writing, characters, dialogue, descriptions and narration were all excellent--easily a 4 or a 5. But I am an attorney and I find it hard to believe that the portrayal of Italian criminal law and procedure is accurate. No pretrial motions or pretrial prep at all by the protagonist lawyer--i.e., interviewed no witnesses, did no independent investigation and no preparation to introduce the obvious alibi he only happens upon during trial; written 'summaries' of witness statements prepared by prosecution being allowed as evidence at trial, with no opportunity to examine witnesses in some cases; permitting expert opinion to be introduced during closing argument, with no foundation and no opportunity for cross examination. Maybe this is how it really works, but if so, there must be a lot of guilty people in jail there.
I hadn't read a legal thriller in a long time and forgot that lawyers can be long winded. Guido's summation just dragged on and on. If based on how the Italian justice system really worked in the late 90's and early 2000's It was certainly telling information how inept the Italian process was then. I found myself talking back to the book! I didn't love the book but it was entertaining. In a short time you knew most of his life's trials and tribulations. I was a bit shocked at how prejudice rears its ugly head over there. The hatred of old-school Italians against people of colour. SPOILER ALERT TO FOLLOW: I wish the story would have continued with the search for the real killer.
Intriguing story backed up by a thoroughly fleshed out main character. Refreshing story about a man experiencing a genuine reassessment and reflection of his life up to 40. No stereotypes here. Great supporting characters and storyline. I will be looking for his next book for sure.
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Seemed awfully choppy. not the audio, but the structure. Not much of a courtroom drama. See no need to download any further books from this author.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
I strongly disagree with some of the rave reviews of this book. This is more of a psychological analysis of an Italian lawyer than it is about a murder case.
I feel like this book would fare better with Italian readers who might appreciate a more existential way of writing. I am all for existentialism, but not when it applies to a crime novel. You literally go half way into this book before you even understand what is going on with the man convicted of the crime, so its hard to care about the crime part of it. The rest is the narrator's marriage and random things about his life. I just don't feel like its a good mix. A crime novel succeeds for me when it is more plot driven, with the characters secondary. I'm an American though. I just felt like he wanted to write like Camus and Raymond Chandler at the same time. Before attempting this author, search Mediterranean Noir on Wikipedia to get a grasp for what this book is like. Aside from my qualms with the book itself, narration was great.
Although I find the protagonist in the few of these books I have read quite charming, this particular reading is thronged with beyond tedious courtroom questions, procedures, identifications, etc. I found that when my mind drifted out of boredom, it really made no difference to where I was in the story. The main character is complex, yet very well developed and the reader is given entree to his inner persona. Were the story more interesting, it would have been a great read.