A Walk in the Dark (Guido Guerrieri) by Gianrico Carofiglio

By Gianrico Carofiglio

"Carofiglio writes crisp, ironical novels which are as a lot love tales and philosophical treatises as they're criminal thrillers."—The New Yorker

"Part criminal mystery, half perception right into a guy struggling with his personal demons. each personality in Carofiglio's fiction has a narrative to inform and they're consistently worthy listening to. because the writer himself is an anti-mafia prosecutor, this powerfully affecting novel advantages from veracity in addition to tight writing."—Daily Mail

"A novel as a lot approximately human nature and the passage of time because it is ready law-breaking. Crisp laconic sentences, refined shifts in tone, and a unbroken translation that are meant to be commended."—The instances Literary Supplement

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend, the son of a strong neighborhood pass judgement on, of attack and battery, no witnesses might be persuaded to testify on her behalf, and one attorney after one other refuses to symbolize her. Guido Guerrieri is familiar with the case may well deliver his felony profession to a untimely, messy finish, yet he can't withstand the allure of an it appears hopeless reason. Nor can he deny an allure to Sister Claudia, the younger lady accountable for the guard the place Martina resides. Claudia stocks his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.

Gianrico Carofiglio used to be an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, a port at the coast of Puglia, for a few years, and is now a member of the Italian senate. He has bought over 2.5 million books of the Guerrieri sequence in Italy alone.

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It made me wonder who took which role – if indeed there were roles – in the couple. They attended the same martial arts gym as Margherita. ” Margherita asked. “No, I don’t think so,” Giovanna said. ” “Yes, we’re just going to finish this rum and go,” Giovanna added. They were ignoring me a bit. I mean they’d both turned to Margherita, were talking just to her, and I could have sworn the way they looked at her wasn’t exactly innocent. At a certain point, Giovanna asked Margherita if she had decided to enrol with them on the parachute course.

To be honest, I have to admit that the sea, the apartment blocks and all the rest weren’t in perfect focus, but somehow I managed to hold the wheel. ” I tried to look at her without taking my eyes off the road. Not an easy task. “I was just playing a game, you know. ” “Yes, I heard. ” “Well, I was only passing the time, I wasn’t doing anything wrong. Anyway, you didn’t seem exactly bored, with that Rasputin in the two-button Prince of Wales suit. ” Pause. ” “Really. ” She paused a moment. ” She was trying very hard not to laugh.

Then I opened my briefcase, took out the yellow envelope and looked at what it contained. The photocopies were of a book on criminology by an American psychiatrist, about a kind of criminal I’d never had to deal with since becoming a lawyer. Or maybe I had, without realizing it. The stalker. In the first pages, the author, quoting US laws, a large number of studies, and the FBI manual of criminal classification, defined a stalker asa predator who furtively and obstinately follows a victim according to a specific criterion and acts in such as way as to cause emotional distress and arouse a reasonable fear of being killed or suffering physical abuse, or who in a constant, voluntary and premeditated fashion follows and harasses another person.

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