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.
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“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 really enjoyed this Italian novel about the rather conflicted "advvocato" (lawyer/ advocate) who takes on a challenging case to try to save an innocent man from life in prison. The pace was good, the story was interesting and the characters were colorful. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Sort of. The story was great,
I found Guido quite an interesting character, good qualities, bad qualities...
This is the part I had the most trouble with. It was difficult for me to listen to an Italian without the Italian accent and intonations that go along with the thoughts. Otherwise, the narrator's performance was excellent (had it been a British or American novel).
Starting with a pitiable near loser, the novel grows in stature until you end with a winner. Not a hero, a winner who triumphs because he understands his own weakness. It's a wonderful read.
Great story, beautifully read. Even when I thought i could predict the ending I was mesmerized by the storytelling. The voice, inflection and pace of the reader made it thoroughly entertaining.
kept waiting to get into this book and before I knew it, it was over. story is okay...no real suspense and I didn't get attached to any if the characters
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....
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.
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