I s n a world of hurt primarily due to the perversions of this sick thing called life He d like to smash someone s face Or smoke Or sleep through the night There s plenty he has to say to the people who surround him though he keeps the biting commentary restricted to his head And he functions as you do day n and day And he functions as you do day Eye to Eye in and day and dayn again contending with his Accidentally Expecting inability to stop Timen ts tracks Death from ts nevitable smirk and the pouches beneath his eyes from terrifyingly distendingOne of the grace notes of an existential crisis and There Aren T Many So Listen Up aren t many so listen up that you just don t care what s smart any or what other people say or what choices may cost and so taking the case of an emotionally fragile middle aged woman who purports to have been brutally abused by the respected son of a powerful judge while t may prove to be a career killer s something Avvocato Guerrieri won t be thinking twice about In fact he s less concerned with the professional blowback than he s with the oddly attractive nun who runs the women s shelter his client Alaskan Nights is currently residingn And his paramour Margherita s obvious desirability to the local lesbians And his co counsel public prosecutor Alessandra Mantovani s broken heart And his startling lack of friendsIt s ridiculously rare to find this affliction so accurately rendered n popular fiction Carofiglio has managed to do t n a precociously dark and bittersweet way within the genre of Italian crime And that s downright mpressive Carofiglio s just so dependable you know His writing s so engaging Always Look Twice it draws youn without All For You: Halfway There / Buckhorn Ever After / The One You Want / One Perfect Night intruding on the story he has to tell Fornstance here are th This translation from the original Italian was excellent The author Any Man Of Mine is a former prosecuting lawyern southern Italy as Annalee And The Lawman is his character who lives and worksn the city of Bari I love the crime and mystery genre and have an especially soft spot for Italian mysteries by Italians or by any other nationalities And Greek crime novels and Spanish and French and This one The Apollonides Mistress Scandal is a standout The characters and plot are original the lawyer s personal relationships unexpectedlynteresting and I will definitely be on the lookout for other books by this author Carofiglio has a uniue style of writing fairly simple and leisurely like an Italian siesta He spares the reader much of the descriptive garbage other writers feel s so necessary. Ion to Sister Claudia the young woman n charge of the shelter where Martina Anything For His Son is living who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred ofnjustice. ,
Continuing on with book two n Carofiglio s most excellent series time and Guerrieri Have Both Moved Along Some both moved along some years since events of the previous novel Involuntary Witness Now Guerrieri s n a comfortable relationship he s started cooking and has recently been mulling over the fact that he s approaching middle age In his professional life he s serving as attorney to a woman who has pressed charges against her former boyfriend Martina Fumai now lives at a secret refuge for battered women protected by a gorgeous kickass nun and has had enough of the regular abuse and stalking she s suffering at the hands of Dr Gianluca Scianatico She s been to other lawyers who ve all turned down the job Scianatico s the son of a very powerful judge and s also a one time Fascist thug a poker player And a cokehead No other attorney will take Martina as a client because of their fear of the conseuences to their careers But after hearing from Sister Claudia just how desperate Martina s situation has been Guido can t help himself and agrees to help Berating himself at first for getting finding a jam to get nto Guerrieri s anxiety uickly turns nto annoyance because of Scianatico s bragged about protected status and he s off Information s anxiety uickly turns Annie and the Outlaw into annoyance because of Scianatico s bragged about protected status and he s off Information at the trial leads him to try and discover what he can about Martina s pastnevitably leading him ANNIE AND THE PRINCE into closer proximity with Sister ClaudiaOne thing I ve picked up about Carofiglio s writing over these two bookss that he does an excellent job of striking a balance between the Guerrieri of the courtroom and Guerrieri the person This balance The Single Dad's Redemption is also reflected within the plot there s a action based storyline set off against Guido snner A Christmas Affair issues For example as Guerrieris wrestling with his feelings about the death of an old friend s wife and his uncertainties about middle age flashback seuences reveal another character s horrible childhood experience Throughout the story the message s clear sitting around and waiting for something to happen never gets you anywhere sometimes you just have to jump n with both eyes closed The Apple Orchard if necessary and take control While this story may not appeal to those who want a bit of an adrenaline rush while they readt s perfect for readers who like realistic characters and When Hitler Took Austria: A Memoir of Heroic Faith by the Chancellor's Son intelligent writing A Walkn the Dark has a bit action than ts predecessor an ending that will satisfy. 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 Guido Gue. And yet t s never over the top n ts execution Carofiglio s such an efficient writer that the reader gets nto Guerrieri s mind uickly and easily while simultaneously being sucked nto the courtroom drama Even better the story s totally complete by the end of the book there are no loose ends left hanging anywhere I LOVE this series and highly recommend t Happily I have two to read right away Second book of the Guido Guerrieri series The Bari based lawyer strikes again with his mmense talent Damn he s good at his job Gonna start the next book straight away Excellent Much better than Involuntary Witness Carofiglio has obviously matured as a writer between that book and this one Highly recommended I want to read This review has been revised and can now be found at Shelf Inflicted Excellent court room drama set Ensimmäinen maailmansota in Bari Italy I really enjoy the main character who while a bit cynical will still take on cases that others avoid Was alsompressed with how much plot the author was able to sueeze nto a rather short book Listened to the audio version which was narrated by Sean Barrett who s fast becoming one of my favorites I love books that make me cry This one brought tears streaming down my face The Lion Seeker in a cleansing uplifting release of emotion Avvocato Guido Guerrieris an mmensely likeable character who s courageous and smart yet very human Tom Waits - Mule Variations in his fallibility The storys suspenseful and like the Montalbano series filled with nteresting details of Italian life I came across a guy the other day who d decided t was probably a good dea for people to have an existential crisis every once n awhile And I thought as you do well here s a person who s never had one Here s someone who thinks t s like Brussels sprouts or a prostate exam some discomfort you gear yourself up to endure knowing you ll profit by t n a sort of ncremental way by the time the sun sets and the day s done curse god cry foul day s done Curse God cry foul pour yourself a stiff One That S All That s all s to t Sure And I succumbed to a superstitious shiver for the man again as you do because here s the wave of that bright red cloth before the steaming snout of the Karmic Bull Pride goeth etc etcand a certain amount of certainty tooThere s no need to give Gianrico Carofiglio the high sign on El Diablo He s met the beast and delivered the njury over to his protagonist Italian attorney Guido Guerrier. Rrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause Nor can he deny his attract.