Guerrieri is asked to handle the appeal of Fabio Paolicelli, sentenced to 16 years for smuggling drugs. Paolicelli intially confessed to the crime, and everything seems stacked against the appeal. Guerrieri's reluctance to take on the case is intensified by the fact that he knows Paolicelli, and it is only the intervention of Paolicelli's beautiful wife, Natsu, that finally overcomes Guerrieri's reluctance.
©2007 Gianrico Carofiglio (P)2011 Audible Ltd
"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)
I heard Gianrico Carofiglio interviewed on public radio and was intrigued enough to buy my first audio version of his book. I liked it so much that I bought another one this month. The vividly depicted internal monologue of this brilliant, but damaged attorney successfully blends the story of his psychological struggles with the legal mazes he maneuvers. The "voice" of the author is well served by the narrator, Sean Barrett, whose performance is outstanding - giving the listener the sensation of being inside this lawyer/sleuth's head!
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.
Guerrieri loves Leonard Cohen and old movies.
By no meams does a person have to have read the earlier books to enjoy this well written story, so well interpreted by Sean Barrett.
While there is implied threats of violence because of Mafia involvement in drug running, the story needs no graphic descriptions of violence. There is a lingering desire for revenge for past events that Guerrieri has to confront, he thinks, to represent his potential client.
The story walks us through a story of the city of Bare using the very personal and professional experiences of Guerrieri. At times humourous and at times visually 'poetic' this is a good story from start to finish.
This is the second Carofiglio novel I've listened to and I loved every moment. The main character is an honest defense lawyer in the city of Bari who makes a living defending all sorts of low lifes who walk into his office. But once in a while he gets a client he can really believe in, and this restores his love for the law and brings out his talents in court. This is no run of the mill "procedural" whodunit. Sean Barrett, as always, does an outstanding job.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
If I was in serious legal trouble, I would want Guido Guerrieri to defend me. He accepts cases that have no obvious solution, yet he finds alternatives and fights to the end. If you enjoy intriguing legal stories, you will enjoy this series. I can honestly say that the closing arguments between the prosecutor and Guido in this story is one of the best listens I have had with Audible. I am still thinking about those words several days later. The narrator, Sean Barrett, did his usual outstanding job.
I am glad I got to know Guido better. His life in Bari, Italy is just so fascinating to me. He loves his music, wine and bicycling to work or walking the streets during the evenings. Due to recent events, he is very vulnerable and makes bad decisions that he genuinely regrets and tries to fix. Imperfect as he is, I wish there were more people like Guido in this world.
I am nervous that it appears the next book (4th) in this series is the end. I hope that Mr. Carofiglio will publish again soon. It will be a sad day when I have read the last story with Guido.
Worth a second listen
guerrieri (main character) - you are in his head - his soul and his inner life is so rich
you live & laugh thru him
everything - character voices - timing
this author is fabulous!!!
This is a tough one to answer because the style of this book is so restrained and understated so comparison is difficult. It is almost unique in my experience because it is very slow and measured and very little really happens. At first it was difficult to even pay attention except that Sean Barrett's voice always encourages me to keep going. Gradually the listener notices that behind the careful sentences there is a pleasing intellect and that it is very pleasant indeed to focus on procedural matters rather than wearisome forensic accidents and less than convincing coincidences. The absence of violence is rather pleasant also.
So my ranking would place this title up at the credit pass- but not brilliant.
There is a very unusual part where the protagonists discuss the significant selection of a very specific colour name matched to three of their wishes. Of course the sub text is intimate in nature but it does reflect the successful efforts by the author to use the detective/lawyer genre within slightly wider parameters.
Sadly this can also reflect that the novel is showing its age.
It was a surprise to find a moment of separation between two characters by a moral decision, finally, to be so clearly but modestly evoked. So few modern stories choose to capture quiet but dramatic losses.
Here is a novel with an exotic location, Bari Italy, reflected in an intelligent little story. No wonder there are a solid group of supporters of this series. " But I didn't say so." The listeners to this book will understand what I mean.
This was a great listen. The author has a marvelously dry sense of humor, and the reader's timing was impeccable. It was a bit odd having British idiom in an Italian story, but tha's just my American bias. The protagonist is both gloomily fatalistic and very funny at the same time.
Original plot, great writing, pitch perfect characters. I hated for this book to end and savored every minute. More from this author please!
An enriching experience.
Enjoyed the intricacies of the law and how it was used.
A highly moral undertaking.
Love this Guido Guerrieri books. I have read all of them, love the characters and the books.
Gives one insight into culture and a great read.
I thought this was a well told crime novel, but although generally I like the main character, he is a bit depressing with his moaning and also his behaviour towards the defendant's wife left a lot to be desired.
Apart from that I thought it was an interesting book, Sean Barrett is a delightful narrator and the legal arguments were well put.
"A gem of a read!"
Guido Guerrieri takes on a case which on the face of it has very little hope of being successful. With the help of a friend who works on the police force he is able to uncover evidence which can help him in the preparation of his case. Guido is 42, unmarried and recently separated from his great love with whom he thought he would at last become a father.
Before you turn away thinking the story will be yet another melodramatic soul searching tale be reassured! Guido cuts a very socratic figure - his self-deprecation is hilarious at times. The most remarkable part of the book is about the construction of truth and the power of words. I find his prose concise and incisive and elegant. The translator has done an excelent job and the narrator is excellent. Although it is quite a short book, it is one you would want to reread at leisure to think over the concepts it deals with.
"Satisfyingly complex story"
Consistently interesting and engaging court room story. Excellent narration. This protagonist is gloomy but well drawn and believable. Highly recommended.
"I just love this series"
As with the previous 2 books in the series, I have listened to this at every possible opportunity over 48 hours. This is a lovely, thoughtful series strong on both a personal storyline and also perceptive courtroom arguments. I like Guido Guerrieri - who Sean Barrett reads to perfection - and am just about to download Book 4.
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