By Gianrico Carofiglio
"Carofiglio writes crisp, ironical novels which are as a lot love tales and philosophical treatises as they're criminal thrillers."—The New Yorker
"Part felony mystery, half perception right into a guy battling his personal demons. each personality in Carofiglio's fiction has a narrative to inform and they're continuously worthy listening to. because the writer himself is an anti-mafia prosecutor, this powerfully affecting novel merits from veracity in addition to tight writing."—Daily Mail
"A novel as a lot approximately human nature and the passage of time because it is ready law-breaking. Crisp laconic sentences, refined shifts in tone, and a unbroken translation that are supposed to be commended."—The occasions Literary Supplement
When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend, the son of a strong neighborhood pass judgement on, of attack and battery, no witnesses may be persuaded to testify on her behalf, and one legal professional after one other refuses to symbolize her. Guido Guerrieri is aware the case may perhaps deliver his felony occupation to a untimely, messy finish, yet he can't withstand the allure of an it appears hopeless reason. Nor can he deny an appeal to Sister Claudia, the younger lady in command of the guard the place Martina resides. Claudia stocks his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.
Gianrico Carofiglio used to be an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, a port at the coast of Puglia, for a few years, and is now a member of the Italian senate. He has bought over 2.5 million books of the Guerrieri sequence in Italy alone.
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Alessandra was my friend, a beautiful woman, and probably the best magistrate in the Prosecutor’s department. She was from Verona, but a few years before had requested a transfer to Bari. She had come on a oneway ticket, leaving behind her a rich husband and an easy life. To come and live with a guy she thought was the love of her life. Even very intelligent women do very stupid things. The guy wasn’t the love of her life, just an ordinary man no different from any other. And just like an ordinary man, after a few months he’d simply left her.
When he was finally cornered and disarmed by the carabinieri, he said he’d come to talk to the judge who’d found against him in an inheritance case. That must have been his idea of an appeal. I was just about to turn round and do as the carabiniere had said, when I was spotted by a marshal who was on duty in court every day and knew me. He told the young man I was indeed a lawyer and he could let me pass. The entrance hall was packed: women, young men, carabinieri, prison warders and lawyers, most of them provincial.
As it happened, it was something I knew as much about as I did about the Stonehenge horoscope. So I explained how, according to ancient Chaldean wisdom, it was possible to read the trajectories of a person’s crossed destinies in his or her left elbow. To me, the whole thing was totally meaningless, but she didn’t notice. In fact, she asked me if we could try an elbow reading. I said yes, that was fine. I knocked back the last gulp of wine from the half-empty glass and told her to uncover her left arm.