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5.0 out of 5 stars Virtue in a land of vices
This is a collection of long short stories by three different authors. It concerns two judges and a prosecutor. Their roles seem to overlap in Italy. There is a gentle humour and readability about all three. Italy seems to be extremely corrupt, but these three are not. The translations are well done and this book is very entertaining.
Crimes are committed all over...
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3.0 out of 5 stars So so
A trio of short stories. Nothing special here. Read their full-length works instead
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5.0 out of 5 stars Virtue in a land of vices, 7 May 2014
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This is a collection of long short stories by three different authors. It concerns two judges and a prosecutor. Their roles seem to overlap in Italy. There is a gentle humour and readability about all three. Italy seems to be extremely corrupt, but these three are not. The translations are well done and this book is very entertaining.
Crimes are committed all over the place, but you feel there is hope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well judged stories, 5 Aug 2014
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THREE of the best Italian crime writers, three super stories, each with its subject a top lawman, a precarious business in the authors’ home country.

Inspector Montalbano creator Camilleri tells the tale of Judge Surra, who turns up in Montelusa in Sicily in the 1800s to a welcome by locals who ply him with prezzies. Except he’s not really welcome in the Mafia-riddled region at all, he just hasn’t read the signs in the gift-giving. Will his integrity earn him a blast from a lupara? It’s fraught yet fun finding out.

Lucarelli’s Judge Lorenzi is a young woman assigned a bodyguard who’s not too keen on the task. An assassination attempt forces him to sharpen up his act in a story all about trust, or lack of it.

De Cataldo’s yarn gets a bit deeper and thought-provoking as a prosecutor feuds with an old pal who’s now a nasty bit of work and a corrupt civic dignitary. Pure Italy, you’ll think, but there’s more to the story than classic vendettas.

This little book packs a whole lot of pleasure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contrasting stories by three excellent writers, 27 May 2014
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All were very well written and entertaining. I particularly enjoued the Andrea Camellieri - very amusing as the newly arrived Judge simply does not understand what is going on and remains in blissful ignorance!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change, 1 July 2014
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Three very different tales, all written very well. If you like Camilleri, this is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short stories, 12 Jun 2014
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I really enjoyed all the short stories because they give a very good insight into the Italian Justice System which is of course very different to the British or even other European Systems. The authors are also all very good and know their subject very well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So so, 10 Aug 2014
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A trio of short stories. Nothing special here. Read their full-length works instead
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1.0 out of 5 stars reading, 21 Sep 2014
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a total waste of time, inconsequential meaningless stories waste of money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Sep 2014
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Great book and arrived on time
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 26 July 2014
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