Involuntary Witness

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Bitter Lemon, 2005 - Fiction - 274 pages
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A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, counsel for the defence, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. More than a perfectly paced legal thriller, this relentless suspense novel transcends the genre. A powerful attack on racism, and a fascinating insight into the Italian judicial process, it is also an affectionate portrait of a deeply humane hero.

Gianrico Carofiglio is an anti-Mafia judge in Italy. This is his first novel, a bestseller in Italy and now the subject of a television series. It has won a number of prizes, including the Marisa Rusconi award.

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troubled lawyer, emerging from breakup, emerging from alcoholic pit, takes up defense of an African immigrant accused of kidnapping and murdering a 9 y/o boy Read full review

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Rating: 4.9* of five The Book Report: Avvocato Guido Guerrieri, lawyer of Bari on Italy's southeastern coast, is fast approaching forty, newly separated from his wife of ten lost, bored years, and in ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Carofiglio, born in 1961, is an anti-mafia judge in Southern Italy. He is responsible for important trials concerning organized crime, corruption and the traffic in human beings. Involuntary Witness was his first novel, now followed by two more bestsellers. A critically acclaimed translator, known for his translations of Italo Calvino, Claudio Magris and Marcello Fois.

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