A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.
©2005 Gianrico Carofiglio (P)2011 Audible Ltd
“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)
''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)
I listen to books while I'm driving, and because I drive a lot I've listened to lots of them, mostly mysteries with some classics thrown in. This story is character-based and free from the slam-bang, multiple explosion, gratuitous violence of many current mysteries. The characters are deep, the plot is absorbing, and the reader is perfect for this novel. I will listen to the series.
The story didn't match the online description; blow-by-blow details of the main character were not necessary. As it is, I found it boring -- and hard to remember what the true story line was all about.
Give us a novel with a great legal story line.
The voice seemed to belong to someone much older than the character -- since it was written in the first person, it was a bad fit for this narrator, even though the vocal quality was good.
I would avoid mentioning all the problems that the main character has - such as alcohol abuse... not essential to the story line.
I started listening to this book much too late --- I would have returned it....
Addicted to Audible!
I believe that very often books lose something in translation - to me this occurred with this book. It never really grabbed me - I didn't like the main character and couldn't relate to him. The narration was dull and boring with very little intonation sounded like Colin firth - if it was he should stick to theatre. I wouldn't waste my points on this book
The narrator has a beautiful voice and sounds like an established Oxford don. Unfortunately, the character was a 35 year-old, burnt-out attorney with a wry sense of humor. The book needed a younger, edgier narrator to add a little spice and "verisimilitude" (a word that plays a large part in the end--but this not a spoiler) to the storyline.
If the main character has another good case (this one was not particular interesting and had no plot twists or turns) it might be more interesting. The writing is wonderful and I hope the author does publish another book with a more interesting plot.
This book is for that sub-genre reader who loves a well-turned sentence and will continue listening even if the plot is not particularly interesting.
Another narrator could make this book come alive. I hope a narrator that matches the character is considered if there is another book in this series.
First time to read this author. I love protagonists with believable character flaws. I look forward to reading more of Giancarlo's writing.
This is the first novel in a fiction crime mystery series about an attorney, Guido Guerrieri, in Italy. It is written by Gianrico Carofiglio, a real criminal lawyer, and narrated by Sean Barrett.
The story mainly focuses on the attorney and the difficult time he is currently going through with depression and anxiety and separation from his wife. The book was very well written, it was interesting and different, plus the narrator was very, very good. I doubt, however, that I will continue on the attorney’s journey. There are currently 3 other books in the series.
the crux of the entire story was just really very lackluster. the characters were boring and it was just not exactly a page turner. i listened to this book while driving and it nearly put me to sleep on the road.
yes, again, I purchased this book as a daily special and was so please that I was introduced to a good story and a good character. He had didn't exactly have personality but he was real.
not on the edge of my seat but certainly kept me interested
can't say now - doing the review a little late - have read several other books but I found the book real so must be the scene where he is satisfied with himself
no - but none are. don't have time to do thatbut I listen to long stretches of time, driving or doing mindless work etc.
thought the accent would bother me but it didn't, it actually made it better, I think
A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
Translated from Italian, the author provides a great view of Italy’s criminal legal process which is very different than ours. Also, the reader must remember that the story was set in about the year 2000, before the world determined that only DNA offers conclusive proof of a crime. The story is well written and the main character well developed and likable. The narration was very good with just a bit of Italy mixed in so the reader does not forget the story was taking place overseas. If you like legal stories, this one is worth a look. I will likely listen to others in the series.
Say something about yourself!
I confirm what other reviewers have said re: the excellent pacing, tone, character development, and story line of this novel and the spot on perfection of the narration. You are, by now, acquainted with the plot, so I won't bother to repeat the description.
What I found most astonishing about this book was the concept of evidence in the Italian court system. It is giving nothing away to say that all the "proof" presented in this criminal procedural is circumstantial in the purest sense of the word, and yet it is considered to be totally sufficient for conviction, not just by the prosecutors but also by our protagonist, the defense attorney. "Evidence" that would barely rise to the level of coincidence in a US investigation is enough to send a plaintiff to prison for life, in Italy. Given that the author knows whereof he speaks, I found this to be totally alien and absolutely chilling. It may happen here, but you tell me, after reading this book, if you see no difference between what the US and Italy consider to be sufficient proof in a court of law. For me, this dissonance lent a tension and sense of uneasiness, paranoia, and helplessness to the novel that I more usually associate with horror fiction than with crime novels.
The writing is excellent. The tone, despite what I've said, is serious but not gloomy, and there is much more going on here than a simple courtroom drama. Entirely worth your time.
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