Manuela, the daughter of a wealthy couple from Bari, disappeared without trace months before and the police have closed their investigation, to the parents' despair. Counsellor Guerrieri reluctantly takes on an unusual assignment: to seek new evidence to force the police to reopen the case. A job more suitable to a private detective but a job that leads him to Nadia, a former client, a fascinating woman with an ambiguous past and to the tempting Caterina, Manuela's best friend, exquisitely too young for the jaded Guerrieri...
©2012 Gianrico Carifiglio (P)2012 Audible Ltd
Here is an intelligent, sensitive person who could have cast such well informed light on a legal system not unlike most others. But instead we are dragged, slowly, through what is a tragic incident in the most banal, tortuous side stepping style. In an almost embarrassing series of terribly obvious not back stories, the minuscule, ultra thin story is conflated until the reader just begs for the main story to end.
The seriously morose and incredible not investigator investigates his way, dumbly, through colourful landscapes. His behaviour including his memories and conversations have by this stage become soul destroyingingly repetitive and predictable.
The character keeps insisting he doesn't like being a lawyer and has little idea why he is still one and one intuit so that he doesn't much like being a writer either so it is not surprising to learn that the author has now in fact tried out being a politician.
No. I foolishly bought two at once and now regret this.
The listener can almost see Sean Barrett steel himself for another hour of reading this lightweight example of a story in the soundproof booth. He deals evenhandedly with all characterisations without resorting to excess..not that any latitude has been granted in the writing. To think of the virtuoso performances this actor is capable of and the range of his abilities being so underused is quite mortifying.
The basic problem is that the author's editor should have recommended that the novelist work harder on his main story thread. Although procedural issues are of interest, there is little of substance to help make the resolution at all satisfying. The author hits his mark most when he gets close to scenes of relationship developments..but then he pulls away so no specific target is achieved. Perhaps this genre is not in fact for him even though his real life credentials are clearly excellent.
It is laudable that attempts continue to be made in translating foreign author's works. Diversity of sources is highly sought after by many listeners. Please cast the net wider and more attune to wider world opinion.
I continue to be entranced by Guido Guerrieri, Carofiglio's ever-so-slighty cynical Bari lawyer who has moved into becoming a bit of an amateur sleuth. Guerrieri's internal world, as he struggles to make sense of his activities, provides an intriguing view into the thoughts and feelings of a man in his 40s who has made something of a mess of his personal life, while enjoying some professional success.
Sean Barrett is a wonderful narrator, and I long for the next Guerrieri. Well done Carofiglio!
Not for me.....I found the book rather tedious .....it just seemed to go nowhere and there was far too much blathering on about stuff that had nothing to do with the plot. Suddenly you are at the end of the book and that's it!! Sean Barrett as ever narrates it beautifully ...unfortunately even his silky voice didn't help the very weak plot.
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