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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2016 Gianrico Carofiglio (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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By MidwestGeek on 02-02-17

Hardly a mystery, yet outstanding!

I can't explain well why I like the Guido Guerrieri series so much, and I know this writing is not for everyone. There is more talk than action and more ambiguity than clarity. This book, even more than the previous four, is light on mystery and heavy on Guerrieri's complicated introspective musings. In fact, the publisher's summary gives everything away so we know where this is headed even before we start. Nevertheless, I'm hooked because the writing is so much fun. Relayed entirely in the first person, we see the world only through Guido's eyes. Guido is aging and, at 48, pondering on what his life and legal career has been like. A criminal defense lawyer, he goes through life beset by various ethical dilemmas that challenge his sense of self-worth. He would probably be happier as an academic, but that is not his calling. He is obviously very good in his work but came to it almost by accident, while wondering what he ought to do with his life. He loves literature, music, women, boxing, and legal machinations that aren't too close to home and are not ethically too challenging. This book is a kind of psychological profile of a long-divorced attorney having another late midlife crisis. He happens to have a network of interesting and loyal friends, the latest of whom is Annapaola Doria, a former reporter who now works as a P.I. She is another person in search of herself but with sharper emotional and psychological insight than Guido. While Guido finds her both intellectually interesting and romantically attractive, she remains a mysterious individual whose depth is only slightly revealed toward the end. I certainly hope that she remains a part of future stories.

I should say that the enjoyment is no doubt enhanced by the consistent reading by Sean Barrett, whose voice seems to express every nuance of a character's speaking or thinking. I wouldn't have thought so, but his clipped British accent seems to fit in surprisingly well with the Italian scene.

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By Francie Healy on 11-01-16

A rich performance

I love Guido Guerrieri! And I especially like him with Sean Barrett's voice. Gianrico Carofiglio writes beautifully and thoughtfully. The combination is rich and memorable. I recommend this series of books to anyone who is looking for a good story with real depth.

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By Michelle on 09-10-16

Quiet yet gripping

Carofiglio writes deceptively quiet crime novels. There are no bullets. Most of the action is in observation, conversation & mental debate. Still, they grip and don't let go.

Even in translation, the prose is beautiful, read by the wonderful Sean Barrett.

The city of Bari comes alive in these stories. You don't need to read the full series to enjoy this one, but repeat readers are fed little tidbits they will enjoy. In this book Guido's team stay in the background more than usual but boxing, the sea, the all night bookshop, art, comics and music all have cameos.

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By M. Mears on 12-07-16

Another psychologically honest & human story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

My favourite books are the ones in which the style of writing is just as enjoyable & significant as the plot. The Fine Line is one of these. For me this series of books are not first and foremost about plot but rather are about human feelings / interactions and emotional honesty.

What other book might you compare A Fine Line to, and why?

The others in this series - especially "reasonable doubt"

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I love the scenes where we "hear" what he "didn't say"

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed out loud a few times at the above

Any additional comments?

warmly recommended

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