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 felony 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 continuously 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 continuing translation that are supposed to be commended."—The occasions Literary Supplement
When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend, the son of a strong 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 may possibly convey his criminal occupation to a untimely, messy finish, yet he can't withstand the allure of an it seems that hopeless reason. Nor can he deny an allure to Sister Claudia, the younger girl in control of the shield 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 could touch it, as well as see it. With my finger, I tried pulling down the skin. It didn’t seem like mine. It wasn’t elastic, but had the slack texture of a slightly worn fabric. At least that’s what I thought at that moment. Then I started to study my face closely in the mirror. I noticed I had lines at the corners of my mouth, near the eyes, and especially on my forehead. Long, deep lines, like trenches. How long had I had them? How come I had never noticed them before? I pinched my skin, in different parts of my face, to see how long it took to fall back into place.
I washed my hands. I put on Tracy Chapman. I laid the table and poured myself a glass of wine. I still wanted a cigarette but, at least for today, the worst was over. 3 After dinner, we both felt like going out. We decided to go to a venue that had opened a few months before. A refurbished former factory, where you could eat, drink, read a book or a newspaper, or play a game. Best of all, there was a tiny cinema where they showed old films, one after the other, from midnight till dawn. You could go there at any hour of the night and you’d always find customers.
It seemed to me that Sister Claudia’s features relaxed almost imperceptibly, with something like relief. Tancredi smiled slightly, looking like someone who’d never had any doubt how the game would turn out. There wasn’t much else to say for the moment. The woman had to come to the office in order to sign the forms agreeing to have me represent her. And in order for us to meet, obviously, seeing as I was about to become her lawyer. Then I would go to the Public Prosecutor’s department to make copies of the file.