By Gianrico Carofiglio
"Carofiglio writes crisp, ironical novels which are as a lot love tales and philosophical treatises as they're felony thrillers."—The New Yorker
"Part criminal mystery, half perception right into a guy combating 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 set law-breaking. Crisp laconic sentences, refined shifts in tone, and a unbroken translation that are meant to be commended."—The instances Literary Supplement
When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend, the son of a robust neighborhood pass judgement on, of attack and battery, no witnesses could be persuaded to testify on her behalf, and one attorney after one other refuses to symbolize her. Guido Guerrieri is aware the case might deliver his criminal profession to a untimely, messy finish, yet he can't withstand the attraction of an it sounds as if hopeless reason. Nor can he deny an appeal to Sister Claudia, the younger girl accountable for the look after 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 offered over 2.5 million books of the Guerrieri sequence in Italy alone.
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They live confined and alone, peeking out at the world from behind barred shutters. I let out a brief whistle, not much more than an almost soundless breath of air. This was exactly what Sister Claudia had said. She stays at home, shut in, as if she’s in prison. That’s what she’d said, and at the time I hadn’t paid too much attention. Now I realized it was more than just a line. I picked up the file again and had another look at the charges, which I’d just skimmed through before. The most interesting was that for the offence of threatening behaviour, that is, to all intents and purposes, for stalking.
Or smoke. Or do anything rather than go back to my office to work. 2 But I did go to my office, and worked without stopping, not even to eat, until late afternoon. Then I told Maria Teresa I had something urgent to do, and escaped to a bookshop. I stayed there, browsing, until the shop closed. I was the last to leave. The shutter was already half lowered, and the assistants were all lined up at the cash desk, looking at me in an unfriendly way. I rang the bell of Margherita’s apartment and waited for her to come and open the door.
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. As I was pinching the skin of her elbow – an essential practice for discovering the trajectories of crossed destinies – I noticed Margherita. Standing in front of the sofa. Right on top of me. ” “Yes, here I am. Actually, I’ve been here for a few minutes. But you were quite busy, if I can put it like that. ” I made the introductions, thinking as I did so that suddenly I wasn’t having fun any more.