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Involuntary Witness (Guido Guerrieri Book 1) (English Edition) Kindle-editie
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Bari.. on the Adriatic..the mysterious east coast of Italy below the spur: Dark haired men, scary place at night. Gorgeous sea. Where the Norman Invasions, the Turkish invasions took place.
Guerrieri isn't just a courageous attorney who takes on difficult cases, though. He is a flawed man who is suffering in his soul when his wife leaves him. He is looking at his life; at the mistakes he has made and, at the end of the book, is a better person than he was at the beginning. A redemption story with the backdrop of Italy, criminals and the court system.
As soon as I finished Involuntary Witness, I immediately bought "A Walk in the Dark" by the same author for my Kindle. I am enjoying it as well and highly recommend this author and his work.
The second thrust of the book is an introduction into the character and the world of solicitor Guido Guerrieri. Midlife crisis par excellence , he has lost his interest in law, questions the path he has chosen, loses his wife who has more of an insight into his psyche than he does, develops panic attacks, meets what may become a new friend and more, explores the city he lives in, and begins to become a whole man again. The trigger to this is the defense of the peddler and his ability to refuse to compromise.
I shan't disclose more of the plot because it would spoil the stories for the reader. However if you give the book a chance, you will find that upon a second reading it intrigues you with what may develop in future novels. Guido , his wife Sara (who nails their problem when she says he has become a "mediocrity"), Alessandra Mantovani, delectable magistrate, Margherita a nubile neighbor, and a host of other characters which will appear in future novels, all intrigue.
If there is one fault in this novel or it might be a strength, is the lack of atmosphere, this is definitely not a novel in the "noir" tradition. Yet Carofiglio more than compensates for this with his introduction of timely details such as the music Guido listens to, appropriate literary allusions, and to anyone who has spent some time in Italy the stunning revelation that Sara and Guido actually like "American coffee" and the unique observation that what separates the Italian criminal system and the American system, is the Counter-Reformation (!). It is definitely worth reading several times and to those critics who attempt to read American sensibilities into this book, I say that they just don't get it.