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A Walk in the Dark: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 2 | [Gianrico Carofiglio]

A Walk in the Dark: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 2

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend - the son of a powerful local judge - of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor can he deny his attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.
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Publisher's Summary

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend - the son of a powerful local judge - of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor can he deny his attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.

©2006 Gianrico Carofiglio (P)2011 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"At one level an exciting courtroom thriller, but what places it in a superior league is the portrayal of a slice of Italian society not normally encountered in crime fiction and an immensely appealing flawed hero." (The Times, London)

"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, Guido Guerrieri prefers Sicilian wine and Leonard Cohen. 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." (Financial Times)

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    Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 08-28-12
    Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 08-28-12 Member Since 2008

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Seeking a good story, well told?"

    Gianrico Carofiglio being read by Sean Barrett is a definite good listen.
    If you have actually read any of Andrea Camilleri's books and enjoyed those you would enjoy Carofiglio.
    Our protagonist is a maybe '40 something' well established lawyer who represents a variety of clients.
    He enjoys boxing as a workout to work out his frustration with the law, his clients and some of his own baggage. Anyone who has 'quit' smoking will relate to his musings. When things get tough he has a special kind of therapy. And not booze.
    A little like Henning Mankell and Andrea Camilleri, social issues are addressed, like racism, sexual discrimination. child abuse and power imbalence.
    Sean Barrett conveys the 'thoughts in response' as well as the 'what is said' so very well.
    Good book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Guildford, Australia 09-25-12
    Sherri Guildford, Australia 09-25-12 Member Since 2009

    Australian, living in beautiful central Victoria. Audio book addict otherwise fairly well balanced.

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    "Heartfelt tale with an Italian Rebus as hero."

    Firstly, when is Sean Barrett going to win the Nobel Prize for Narrators? He is a genius and he superbly creates this book's main character Guido Guerrieri. Guido is interesting - sort of an Italian Rebus in that he loves his music, finds intimacy difficult and prefers taking a stroll on the wild side. However he's a lawyer, not an policeman and in this story, the only lawyer in Italy prepared to take on the rather heartbreaking case. A young woman is being stalked by her well connected and abusive ex lover. She's under the protection of a young nun who also happens to be a martial arts expert. Guido finds the nun compelling even though he has more than enough to contend with at home. Did I mention this is an Italian novel? Anyway, it's well constructed, well written, the main character is terrific and the story only too believable. The narration is masterful. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 04-10-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "So Happy with this Italian Legal Series"

    The second book in the Guido Guerrieri series holds up so well. Guerrieri's character is so well developed by the author. Carofiglio doesn't let a scene go by without Guerrieri doing or saying something that reinforces his values. I was hoping to get a sense of what living an ordinary life in Italy would be like, and this book delivers. I love it when Guerrieri's thoughts are part of the story -- they are so spot on for the circumstance. These are not legal thrillers. Instead, these cases are meant to correct a huge injustice. The Italian legal system is well described. Despite the fact that the narration is done without an Italian accent, Sean Barrett does an excellent job. Can't wait to listen to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bel Air, MD, United States 04-08-14
    Michael Bel Air, MD, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Listen"
    If you could sum up A Walk in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, Identifiable, Intriguing


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the careful development of the main character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scenes when Guido is judging his own behavior.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I have no idea. I don't believe Hollywood would ever make these beautiful stories into movies. These are compelling studies of human behavior at its best and worst. Hollywood is busy making comic books.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the look into every day Italian life. The work day, the taste in music, the taste in literature, dating, marriage and all the rest. Wonderful..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-08-12
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "The Second is Better Than the Much Loved First!!!"
    Would you listen to A Walk in the Dark again? Why?

    Best lawyer series ever. I loved them!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The humor - the relationships - the cleverness. I can't wait to read the next one!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J East Haddam, CT, United States 06-03-14
    J East Haddam, CT, United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a narrator for Audible and a lover of recorded fiction in the mystery/thriller genre. A great book needs a great narrator.

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    "Carofiglio and Barrett, simply the best!!"
    If you could sum up A Walk in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

    Story, Voice, Extraordinary


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claudia, loved the martial arts scene and her handling of the ending crises, breathtaking.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    Guido, Barrett is perfect for the part, he and Carofiglio are unbeatable!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to choose one book, one writer, one narrator to begin your journey into audiobooks you couldn't do better than this amazing legal thriller, I recommend it without qualification!!!

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    Kathleen Spring Lake, NJ, United States 05-30-14
    Kathleen Spring Lake, NJ, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Writer"
    If you could sum up A Walk in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

    Difficult to express how involved you can get in a story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it was compelling.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    Guido Guerrieri, a most interesting character, well developed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "A Lawyers Tale"


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that the author continues with this series and look forward to his next novel. Guido is a very clever advocate. I loved the book.

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  • Alasdair
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    "Italian Crime Without The Caricatures"

    It's always promising in books originally written in another language when there is a harmony between the author and the translator. With audio books, an additional dimension is added when this harmony extends to the narrator as is the case of A Walk In The Dark.



    Having an Italian author who is thoroughly versed in the subject matter removes any danger of caricatures and embeds the story in a real place with believable people. The hero, an Italian lawyer called Guido Guerrieri, doesn't have a mission and isn't a superman physically or emotionally. He's good at what he does but is emotionally uncertain which makes him human. The book is as much about him and his life as it is about the legal case that forms the plot.



    If you demand a constant stream of developments and/or a convoluted plot then this book is unlikely to appeal to you. The tale grows naturally and is focused on normal life rather than extraordinary events. It spends time developing characters and giving them credible personas. The legal case that forms the plot, as it would in real life, only takes up a part of the story.



    Written in the first person, you are given a fairly deep insight into the main character and are left to form your opinion on others according to Guido's observations. The story is about an abused woman and an exceedingly well-connected abusive man. After having left him for a refuge, the abuse continues. A policeman friend and a nun who is a martial arts expert persuade Guido to take the case. He is in a position where he is morally right but politically is out on a limb. Will he prevail or will vested interests defeat him in the end?



    If you're still interested listen to the rest of the story with the excellent and sympathetic narration of Sean Barrett.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
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    "Story well told"

    A story well told, totally engaging, a little predictable, but immensely pleasurable to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
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    "Worth a listen"

    This was a fairly short book ( less than 6 hours) which kept my interest, I do quite like the 'Advocate', but he is sometimes a little dreary and depressive . nevertheless it was a worthy tale that I enjoyed.

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