A Walk in the Dark

A Walk in the Dark

Book - 2006
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Praise for Involuntary Witness :

"Raises the standard for crime fiction. Carofiglio's deft touch has given us a story that is both literary and gritty--and one that speeds along like the best legal thrillers. His insights into human nature--good and bad--are breathtaking."--Jeffery Deaver

"A stunner. The veracity of the setting and the humanity of the lawyer make the novel a courtroom drama of rare quality."-- The Times

"Compelling novel written by a prosecutor, the scourge of local criminals who likes to write books that make his readers cry. Reveals both a flawed legal system and debunks the myth of the macho Italian man."-- Observer

"Carofiglio writes crisp, ironical novels that are as much love stories and philosophi-cal treatises as they are legal thrillers."-- The New Yorker

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, and one lawyer after another refuses to represent her. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor can he deny an 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.

Publisher: London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9781904738176
Branch Call Number: M CAROFIGL
Characteristics: 215 pages ; 20 cm.


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Jan 09, 2012

Some British reviewers have said about this book that it is “intelligent, reflective crime fiction, written with diamond-sharp precision, a must-read series” and allegedly “an excellent read and one to be sought out by erudite mystery fans”. I don’t now where these reviewers are coming from since, to me, it’s nowhere as good a book as they allege; once again, Carofiglio has written mostly about Italian judicial procedures, though this time there’s a bit more meat on the storyline. But he still has annoying writing habits; at one point someone named Emilio appears only for a page or so then vanishes, reappearing 60-70 pages later with only his first name mentioned rather than “my friend Emilio” or something similar to alert the reader; I had to rifle through the first two-thirds of the book to figure out who he was; and there are still way too many digressions into the lawyer’s private life; good to have something there, but neither we nor the storyline need quite so much of it.


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