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
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
I can't explain well why I like the Guido Guerrieri series so much, and I know this writing is not for everyone. There is more talk than action and more ambiguity than clarity. This book, even more than the previous four, is light on mystery and heavy on Guerrieri's complicated introspective musings. In fact, the publisher's summary gives everything away so we know where this is headed even before we start. Nevertheless, I'm hooked because the writing is so much fun. Relayed entirely in the first person, we see the world only through Guido's eyes. Guido is aging and, at 48, pondering on what his life and legal career has been like. A criminal defense lawyer, he goes through life beset by various ethical dilemmas that challenge his sense of self-worth. He would probably be happier as an academic, but that is not his calling. He is obviously very good in his work but came to it almost by accident, while wondering what he ought to do with his life. He loves literature, music, women, boxing, and legal machinations that aren't too close to home and are not ethically too challenging. This book is a kind of psychological profile of a long-divorced attorney having another late midlife crisis. He happens to have a network of interesting and loyal friends, the latest of whom is Annapaola Doria, a former reporter who now works as a P.I. She is another person in search of herself but with sharper emotional and psychological insight than Guido. While Guido finds her both intellectually interesting and romantically attractive, she remains a mysterious individual whose depth is only slightly revealed toward the end. I certainly hope that she remains a part of future stories.
I should say that the enjoyment is no doubt enhanced by the consistent reading by Sean Barrett, whose voice seems to express every nuance of a character's speaking or thinking. I wouldn't have thought so, but his clipped British accent seems to fit in surprisingly well with the Italian scene.
Professional editor, writer; prolific reader; mother; grandmother; amateur watercolourist.
I love Guido Guerrieri! And I especially like him with Sean Barrett's voice. Gianrico Carofiglio writes beautifully and thoughtfully. The combination is rich and memorable. I recommend this series of books to anyone who is looking for a good story with real depth.
If you like narrative rich in detail and characters that are so real they feel like old friends, you will like Gianrico Carofiglio's novels. Each one gets better and better.
This novel will have you going to your computer to play the music that Guido Guerrieri has just played or to look up breeds of cats or any of the myriad details that Carofiglio writes about.
"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.
"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.
"Another psychologically honest & human story"
My favourite books are the ones in which the style of writing is just as enjoyable & significant as the plot. The Fine Line is one of these. For me this series of books are not first and foremost about plot but rather are about human feelings / interactions and emotional honesty.
The others in this series - especially "reasonable doubt"
I love the scenes where we "hear" what he "didn't say"
Laughed out loud a few times at the above
"Charming relaxed tale"
Excellent narration. A charming educated tale well told. A pleasure to listen to this conversational reflective style.
"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.
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