A Walk in the Dark 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 scuffling with his personal demons. each personality in Carofiglio's fiction has a narrative to inform and they're continually 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 set law-breaking. Crisp laconic sentences, refined shifts in tone, and a unbroken translation that are supposed to be commended."—The occasions Literary Supplement

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend, the son of a robust neighborhood pass judgement on, of attack and battery, no witnesses could be persuaded to testify on her behalf, and one legal professional after one other refuses to symbolize her. Guido Guerrieri is aware the case might carry his felony profession to a untimely, messy finish, yet he can't withstand the charm of an it appears hopeless reason. Nor can he deny an appeal to Sister Claudia, the younger lady in control of the safeguard 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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I was just about to get in my tracksuit when it struck me that it was too late this evening even to train at home. Besides, I was almost satisfied with my work – which didn’t happen often – and so I didn’t have a sense of guilt, which was what usually got me pounding that punch bag. So I decided to make dinner. Since being with Margherita, and spending so much time in her apartment, I’d made sure my fridge and my larder were always well stocked. Nor before, but now, always. I realize it may seem absurd, but that’s how it is.

He keeps asking them to join his course. You can get a licence, you know. ” They’ve asked you because they want to fuck you. The lesbian licence, that’s what they want you to take. That’s it – the flying lesbian licence. I didn’t say that. Obviously. We men of the left don’t say things like that, though we might think them. Besides, the two Giovannas looked as if they could easily have ripped my balls off and played pinball with them for a lot less. I kept quiet, while they talked about their parachute course and how great it would be, how it didn’t really take up much time – two hours a week, divided between theory and physical preparation – and the fact that you could get a licence after just three jumps.

One was to plead the appeal. At his first trial, he’d been sentenced to four years – not a lot, I thought, for all the cons he’d pulled – and I could try to get him acquitted, but if they decided to uphold the sentence, he’d go straight back inside. The other alternative was to plea bargain with the assistant public prosecutor. Assistant public prosecutors – and even appeal court judges – usually like plea bargaining. Things go nice and quickly, the hearing is over by mid-morning, and everyone goes happily home, or wherever it is they want to go.

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