When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend - the son of a powerful local judge - of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor can he deny his attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.
©2006 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)
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.
Gianrico Carofiglio being read by Sean Barrett is a definite good listen.
If you have actually read any of Andrea Camilleri's books and enjoyed those you would enjoy Carofiglio.
Our protagonist is a maybe '40 something' well established lawyer who represents a variety of clients.
He enjoys boxing as a workout to work out his frustration with the law, his clients and some of his own baggage. Anyone who has 'quit' smoking will relate to his musings. When things get tough he has a special kind of therapy. And not booze.
A little like Henning Mankell and Andrea Camilleri, social issues are addressed, like racism, sexual discrimination. child abuse and power imbalence.
Sean Barrett conveys the 'thoughts in response' as well as the 'what is said' so very well.
Australian, living in beautiful central Victoria. Audio book addict otherwise fairly well balanced.
Firstly, when is Sean Barrett going to win the Nobel Prize for Narrators? He is a genius and he superbly creates this book's main character Guido Guerrieri. Guido is interesting - sort of an Italian Rebus in that he loves his music, finds intimacy difficult and prefers taking a stroll on the wild side. However he's a lawyer, not an policeman and in this story, the only lawyer in Italy prepared to take on the rather heartbreaking case. A young woman is being stalked by her well connected and abusive ex lover. She's under the protection of a young nun who also happens to be a martial arts expert. Guido finds the nun compelling even though he has more than enough to contend with at home. Did I mention this is an Italian novel? Anyway, it's well constructed, well written, the main character is terrific and the story only too believable. The narration is masterful. Highly recommended.
Best lawyer series ever. I loved them!!!
The humor - the relationships - the cleverness. I can't wait to read the next one!
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