This suspenseful legal thriller tells the story of Judge Larocca, who, to quote The Brothers Karamazov, 'lies to himself and listens to his own lies, so gets to the point where he can no longer distinguish the truth'. A man always looking to justify his evil and corrupt behaviour, he is perhaps an apposite metaphor for Italy itself. When he becomes the subject of corruption allegations, fellow judge Guerrieri goes against his better instincts and takes the case.
Eventually justice will be served, though perhaps not in the most orthodox of ways.
©2016 Gianrico Carofiglio (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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"Back on top"
Whilst I felt the previous book in the series had slipped a little, the latest instalment of this excellent courtroom series is definitely back in finer form and well worth a listen.
"Ah, the series letdown.."
How muddling it must be for a writer to divide the "self" from the fiction. Some openly don't..Ove Knausgaard has made his own kind of mark in this genre. But overt proselytizing to the point of readerly, massive irritation is not acceptable. The overt pain the writer clearly has over legal issues he is aware of, overwhelmed any plot development at all. Knowing that injustice prevails must be hideous but a reader in the fiction genre needs more
story to embed and carry the ideas so that some empathy can be felt. Perhaps the Avocato in the series ( as in real life) escaped the system and became a motor bike fanatic and roared off into the distance..and wrote better novels-now that he has for this out of his system.
"Quiet yet gripping"
Carofiglio writes deceptively quiet crime novels. There are no bullets. Most of the action is in observation, conversation & mental debate. Still, they grip and don't let go.
Even in translation, the prose is beautiful, read by the wonderful Sean Barrett.
The city of Bari comes alive in these stories. You don't need to read the full series to enjoy this one, but repeat readers are fed little tidbits they will enjoy. In this book Guido's team stay in the background more than usual but boxing, the sea, the all night bookshop, art, comics and music all have cameos.
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