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A Walk in the Dark (Guido Guerrieri)

A Walk in the Dark (Guido Guerrieri) [Kindle Edition]

Gianrico Carofiglio , Howard Curtis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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"Involuntary Witness is a stunner. The trial itself is absorbing but it is the veracity of the setting and the humanity of the lawyer that makes the novel a courtroom drama of such rare quality." Times "A new voice, and one with which I am sure we will soon become familiar is that of Gianrico Carofiglio, an anti-mafia judge whose first crime novel, Involuntary Witness, has been a best seller in Italy and won many prizes. A powerful redemptive novel beautifully translated." Daily Mail "Compelling novel written by a judge, the scourge of local criminals who likes to write books that make his readers cry. An author that has the audacity to reveal both a flawed legal system and debunk the myth of the macho Italian man". Observer "The author occupies a niche similar to that which is filled in America by Erle Stanley Gardner and John Grisham. The genre is flourishing and if Carofiglio, following his fellow practitioners, has endowed his hero with discriminating taste for good food, he has none of their relish for brutality. Violence is kept at arm's length." Times Literary Supplement"

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When no lawyer accepts to represent Marina in her attempt to bring her boyfriend to trial for assault and battery, Guerrieri takes the case. No witnesses willing to testify and a hostile judge: just his kind of case. Doesn’t hurt that he’s attracted to Sister Maria, the young woman protecting Marina, who shares his love for martial arts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1904738532
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press (15 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O0TY54
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect jewel 28 Oct 2006
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
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Gianrico Carofiglio's second novel, A Walk in the Dark, is even better than his excellent debut, Involuntary Witness. Although translated with more assurance than Witness (this time by Howard Curtis), the author has matured, adding depth to the characters who appeared in the previous novel and introducing new ones who are instantly real. The confident dovetailing of back-story and character development as the plot unfolds is unfaltering.

Against the background of a legal case -- this time Guido Guerrieri is prosecuting a well-connected man for abusing his girlfriend -- the book is a perfect jewel. The themes are addiction -- to alcohol, cigarettes, fear or to a behaviour pattern -- and coping with the premature loss of a relationship -- by illness, death or cruelty. The context is corruption. I have some personal knowledge of the baroque and sinister lunacies of the Italian legal system, obviously not by any means as extensive as Carofiglio's (he used to be a judge), but enough to know that his accounts of the machinations are realistic.

The result is a powerful, insightful and compelling account of a tragedy -- or two or three.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gianrico Carofiglio - A Walk in the Dark 1 July 2006
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
This translated crime novel comes from slightly warmer shores than we're used to. We swap Scandinavia for Bari, a small town in Southern Italy. The climate is different, but the quality's the same.

Carofiglio is an anti-Mafia prosecutor, himself from Southern Italy. A Walk in the Dark, brought to us by the wonderful Bitter Lemon Press, is his second novel, and also the second to feature prosecutor Guido Gurrieri. It's a series that has won Carofiglio awards and fame in his native country, and has become the basis of a sucessful television series, too.

When Guido agrees to represent Martina, a young woman from a refuge centre who accuses her husband of brutal violence against her, he knows that the case could bring his career to a premature end. For the husband in question is the son of a powerful, influential local judge. No witnesses will testify in her favour, one lawyer after another refuses to represent her, and many of his friends tell Guido how hopeless the case is, how foolish he for taking it. But he cannot resists a hopeless, and just, cause.

A Walk in the Dark is quite a short book, clocking in at just over 200 paperback pages. And it may be short, but its brevity and parsimony lend it both power and pace. Carofiglio has a great ability to tell us all we need to know and nothing more in order to convey his characters, his plot, and the legal rings likeable, endearing Gurrieri must navigate through, which he surely has great knowledge of (one would hope so, in any case!) He has a great writer's way with boiling the complex down to the simple (Grisham's main virtue), and of illustrating characters just so.

The book is both a legal thriller and a very human drama, at times very moving (especially towards the end).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let there be light 25 Mar 2012
By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
The second book to feature defence lawyer Guido Guerrieri is as good, if not better than the debut novel, 'Involuntary Witness' in the sense that Guido has become a more rounded character, resulting in a more determined approach to both his life and his cases. Having previously read book 4, we know that he is likely to succomb just as he does in this book when his stance on quitting smoking goes up in er, smoke.

As with book 1 and, I guess, the others, this is more a slice of Italian life in Bari. Those wanting a sure fire thriller will be disappointed. Those looking for a well balanced story based on the author's previous (maybe current) day job will relish the veracity of the court room scenes coupled with the general day to day social activities in Guido's life, making this an excellent read.

It is, if anything, rather short, being only a couple of hundred pages so we soon reach the end, slightly disappointed that it has passed so quickly. Still, there's book 3 to follow when I find a copy.

The story has been outlined elsewhere, so, for me, the relevance of reading such a book as this is expressly to enjoy the warmth of the Bari lifestyle whilst not losing sight of the fact that an important socialite has beaten his partner, abusing her to the point of almost death and hopes, because of privilege and position, to get away with it. Thankfully, Guerrieri is made of sterner stuff, defending the woman before events take a nastier course.

You don't have to read book 1 in order to enjoy this one. It stands alone but any new reader will miss another Bari storyline which, in itself, makes for an interesting and enjoyable read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and short, but immensely readable 7 Oct 2007
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This time Guido defends a woman who has been seriously assaulted by her boyfriend, a man of some considerable influence.

The book is short, at just over 200 pages, and is not complex, despite being described as a legal thriller.

However, it is well-written, and well-translated, and it is impossible not to warm to Guido, despite his many flaws. The book is written in the first person so the reader lives with all of Guido's ups and downs, as well as his wondrous thoughts.

I don't think this book is as strong as `Reasonable Doubts' (the next novel in the series of 3 thus far), but it was again an immense pleasure to read. 9/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward
Good, straightforward storytelling with a nicely drawn central character - a slightly shopworn lawyer whose unexciting private life pushes him into taking credible risks with the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bruce Crowther
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and boring.
I bought it to take on holiday to Calabria and was disappointed. It reads as if written by a schoolboy. Simplistic, banal. I gave up on it. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Gracenotes
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian courtroom drama
"A Walk in the Dark" is a taut, well-constructed crime story, written by a former Italian prosecutor, that opens a window on the considerable problems in the Italian legal and... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Blue in Washington
3.0 out of 5 stars Just another OK Italian thriller
This is just another OK Italian thriller. In the last few years I have seen in bookshops - and, in some cases, read - many similar thrillers by Italian authors. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by Max
4.0 out of 5 stars A Walk on the Dark Side
Maybe it loses a little something in translation but........although the crimes under prosecution include child abuse, paedophilia, and spousal abuse, I wasn't terrifically... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by Ms. Fiona Allen
2.0 out of 5 stars Too American for my taste
This wasn't a bad read but it is terribly predictable and very short on atmosphere. I'd have liked to taste and smell a bit of Italy here but the format is very dry and very... Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2008 by Maccoll Hamish
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