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Reasonable Doubts: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 3 | [Gianrico Carofiglio, Howard Curtis (translator)]

Reasonable Doubts: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 3

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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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    Cherie Pittsboro, NC, United States 01-09-12
    Cherie Pittsboro, NC, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Convincing Voice in Criminal Procedural Fiction"

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 09-21-12
    Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 09-21-12 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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    "Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 04-23-12
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 04-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A very special kind of procedural whodunit"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer San Diego, CA, United States 03-13-14
    Kindle Customer San Diego, CA, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Carofiglio is the best!"
    Would you listen to Reasonable Doubts again? Why?

    Worth a second listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    guerrieri (main character) - you are in his head - his soul and his inner life is so rich
    you live & laugh thru him


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    everything - character voices - timing


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laughed


    Any additional comments?

    this author is fabulous!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Australia 11-22-13
    Mrs Australia 11-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Earnest.

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    "A slow burner for a slow, introspective day"
    Where does Reasonable Doubts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Atticus North Carolina 04-15-12
    Atticus North Carolina 04-15-12 Member Since 2003
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    "My first Carofiglio--won't be my last"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Salt Lake City, UT United States 06-02-12
    Susan Salt Lake City, UT United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2005

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    "One of the best books I've read in years."

    Original plot, great writing, pitch perfect characters. I hated for this book to end and savored every minute. More from this author please!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Des Peres, Missouri, United States 04-04-12
    Lynne Des Peres, Missouri, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "His best!"
    If you could sum up Reasonable Doubts in three words, what would they be?

    An enriching experience.


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

    Enjoyed the intricacies of the law and how it was used.


    Any additional comments?

    A highly moral undertaking.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kadgee 01-09-12
    Kadgee 01-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Gianrico Carofiglio does it again"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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