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 might try one more. But, if it is anything like Involuntary Witness, I'll never listen to him, again.
I can't think of a book as boring as this. Maybe an audio treat book.
He was okay. A bit dry. But, he was just reading the boring story. Not his fault.
As seen above, I gave the story 3 stars. it had a good premise for a story, but it dragged on and the author had the protagonist droll on and on. It could have been a goo short-story. Because there was a good premise to it, I had to finish the damned thing.
Maybe an abridged version wouldn't droll on and on and maybe wouldn't be so boring!
yes, I am telling everybody I know about this book
I want to get more books by this Author
The timing of his delevery its, outsanding
I don't what it to finish
I am enjoying the books at night as I am going to bed
New to this author, I found the book absorbing, original and a welcome change from the sadly formulaic mysteries by more local authors that I have sometimes inadvertently purchased. Notable features include (a) well drawn and interesting characters and situations, (b) insight into an Italian legal system quite different from our own (sometimes jarringly so), and (c) a satisfactory resolution without any apparent compulsion to tie up all the loose ends (e.g., whodunit?). A refreshing experience that leaves me eager to read more of the author's work.
I got bored listening to the long passages where the point was all too obvious. Author went on too long with details that were familiar and pedestrian. Also, what little excitement that was developed basically fizzled.
No, it is not the genre. This was like a bad imitation of Lincoln Lawyer set in Italy without enough real Italian flavor or originality.
Not for me
The reader was fine and the writing was good but the material was not interesting.
I listen to audio books while working.
The story has psychological depth and a tight plot. Carofiglio has a good understanding of both men and women, ethical dilemmas, and the law. People that like Dona Leon or Rex Stout will love this writer.
Interesting insight into the Italian legal system. The writer places you in the scene.
Excellent character development.
The reader adds dimension and emotion to Guido. I feel like I know him now.
I listened enthusiastically and have already purchased the next in the series.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
Struck me as slow at the beginning, then was more interesting as the court procedural became less like one in the U.S. Because of the narrator I continued listening long enough to begin to appreciate the story. Barrett adds a lot to the enjoyment of the listening experience. Carofiglio is a popular contemporary Italian mystery writer but court procedurals are not my favorites. There is no modern trendy descriptions of gore, sex, or violence (other than the death of the child), just good writing.
Enjoyable in every way. I hose this book because of the high ratings it received. After reading I can attest that they are deserved. It did require for me to listen closely to the first half an hour to get into the rythem of the book. The main character is deep and introspective - not usual in these type books. I just enjoyed spending time with him....so much so that I purchased the next in the series because I missed him so. Though I always think I am going to continue on with a series.... it's not usual for me.
I think I'll name my next pet Avocado.....
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