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Publisher's Summary

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend - the son of a powerful local judge - of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor can he deny his attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.
©2006 Gianrico Carofiglio (P)2011 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"At one level an exciting courtroom thriller, but what places it in a superior league is the portrayal of a slice of Italian society not normally encountered in crime fiction and an immensely appealing flawed hero." (The Times, London)
"Hard-boiled and sun-dried in equal parts. Where Philip Marlowe would be knocking back bourbon and listening to the snap of fist on jaw, Guido Guerrieri prefers Sicilian wine and Leonard Cohen. The role of Guerrieri is to take on impossible cases that have little chance of success. His efforts to prove his client's innocence bring him into dangerous conflict with Mafia interests. Everything a legal thriller should be." (Financial Times)
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By Sherri on 09-25-12

Heartfelt tale with an Italian Rebus as hero.

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 Guerrieri. 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.

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By Kathy on 10-01-14

Carofiglio read by Barrett--another winner for me!

I listened to the first book in this series, Involuntary Witness, and enjoyed it a great deal. I was undecided on whether to get this second book because it seemed much too short.

It was short, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I really like the main character, Italian lawyer, Guido Guerrieri. The nuances of his personality are so aptly captured by narrator, Sean Barrett. The story had unexpected twists and turns and it was good all the way to its end.

No wasted words, no flowery descriptions, just a compelling story. I will certainly get Book 3 in the near future.

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By Steven on 10-29-13

Story well told

A story well told, totally engaging, a little predictable, but immensely pleasurable to listen to.

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By Alasdair on 04-14-13

Italian Crime Without The Caricatures

It's always promising in books originally written in another language when there is a harmony between the author and the translator. With audio books, an additional dimension is added when this harmony extends to the narrator as is the case of A Walk In The Dark.



Having an Italian author who is thoroughly versed in the subject matter removes any danger of caricatures and embeds the story in a real place with believable people. The hero, an Italian lawyer called Guido Guerrieri, doesn't have a mission and isn't a superman physically or emotionally. He's good at what he does but is emotionally uncertain which makes him human. The book is as much about him and his life as it is about the legal case that forms the plot.



If you demand a constant stream of developments and/or a convoluted plot then this book is unlikely to appeal to you. The tale grows naturally and is focused on normal life rather than extraordinary events. It spends time developing characters and giving them credible personas. The legal case that forms the plot, as it would in real life, only takes up a part of the story.



Written in the first person, you are given a fairly deep insight into the main character and are left to form your opinion on others according to Guido's observations. The story is about an abused woman and an exceedingly well-connected abusive man. After having left him for a refuge, the abuse continues. A policeman friend and a nun who is a martial arts expert persuade Guido to take the case. He is in a position where he is morally right but politically is out on a limb. Will he prevail or will vested interests defeat him in the end?



If you're still interested listen to the rest of the story with the excellent and sympathetic narration of Sean Barrett.

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