A trend in crime fiction seems to be endless musings over simple details of life. Carofiglio goes down that path, too. Yet he makes these musings me..Show More »aningful rather than pulling you out of the story by wondering what polishing every little detail has to do with moving the story forward. Guido is a man who lives a flawed existance and still manages. I enjoyed being introduced to his world. And the crime in question is topical. I'd have rated it 4.5 stars overall if that was possible.
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 Gue..Show More »rrieri. 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.
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 ..Show More »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!
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this Italian legal mystery series. Yet, I would only recommend this 4 book series to listeners that love chara..Show More »cter driven stories. Because I love the character, Guido Guerrieri so much, I enjoy the numerous back stories and long dialogues. The first three books were explorations into the legal system of Italy. Guerrieri takes on impossible cases and resolves them intellectually and with lots of work.
This final installment is not a legal story as Guerrieri has been hired by a fellow attorney on behalf of his wealthy clients to solve the year-long disappearance of their daughter, Manuela. The mystery is not hard to solve, but I didn't care because I got to know Guerrieri even better. These stories contain so much warmth and humor.
Sean Barrett is the narrator throughout this series and does an excellent job. I hope there will soon be another book as the ending felt like this story could go on and on.