This suspenseful legal thriller tells the story of Judge Larocca, who, to quote The Brothers Karamazov, 'lies to himself and listens to his own lies, so gets to the point where he can no longer distinguish the truth'. A man always looking to justify his evil and corrupt behaviour, he is perhaps an apposite metaphor for Italy itself. When he becomes the subject of corruption allegations, fellow judge Guerrieri goes against his better instincts and takes the case.
Eventually justice will be served, though perhaps not in the most orthodox of ways.
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Rich in detail
If you like narrative rich in detail and characters that are so real they feel like old friends, you will like Gianrico Carofiglio's novels. Each one gets better and better.
This novel will have you going to your computer to play the music that Guido Guerrieri has just played or to look up breeds of cats or any of the myriad details that Carofiglio writes about.