I would recommend this book very highly. The main character is brilliant, deeply flawed and very human, he has a dark side but is also humane. I would..Show More » advise reading the books in the sequence they were written in to get the full benefit of developments. I wish they would translate all Carofiglio's books into English. It is also brilliantly read by Sean Barrett.
It's always promising in books originally written in another language when there is a harmony between the author and the translator. With audio books,..Show More » an additional dimension is added when this harmony extends to the narrator as is the case of A Walk In The Dark.
Having an Italian author who is thoroughly versed in the subject matter removes any danger of caricatures and embeds the story in a real place with believable people. The hero, an Italian lawyer called Guido Guerrieri, doesn't have a mission and isn't a superman physically or emotionally. He's good at what he does but is emotionally uncertain which makes him human. The book is as much about him and his life as it is about the legal case that forms the plot.
If you demand a constant stream of developments and/or a convoluted plot then this book is unlikely to appeal to you. The tale grows naturally and is focused on normal life rather than extraordinary events. It spends time developing characters and giving them credible personas. The legal case that forms the plot, as it would in real life, only takes up a part of the story.
Written in the first person, you are given a fairly deep insight into the main character and are left to form your opinion on others according to Guido's observations. The story is about an abused woman and an exceedingly well-connected abusive man. After having left him for a refuge, the abuse continues. A policeman friend and a nun who is a martial arts expert persuade Guido to take the case. He is in a position where he is morally right but politically is out on a limb. Will he prevail or will vested interests defeat him in the end?
If you're still interested listen to the rest of the story with the excellent and sympathetic narration of Sean Barrett.
I thought this was a well told crime novel, but although generally I like the main character, he is a bit depressing with his moaning and also his beh..Show More »aviour towards the defendant's wife left a lot to be desired. Apart from that I thought it was an interesting book, Sean Barrett is a delightful narrator and the legal arguments were well put.
The author has gone slightly off track in this 4th book of a tremendous series. Whereas Guido's asides about his past and his flaws added a warm pers..Show More »onal touch to the clever courtroom arguments, this book is so full of musings that in places they detract from the story altogether. Indeed Guido's humiliation on his trip to Rome was incredibly aggrevating and seemed somewhat out of character to me. If this sounds harsh it is only because I hope that Gianrico Carofiglio's agents do get to read some of his reader reviews and will firmly guide him back on the straight and narrow. If you have been following this series do get this book to keep yourself up to date - it's not so poor that you won't enjoy it. However, like me, I think you will hope book 5 gets back to stronger stuff and Guido's very special way of seeing new threads in the evidence.
Carofiglio writes deceptively quiet crime novels. There are no bullets. Most of the action is in observation, conversation & mental debate. Still, the..Show More »y grip and don't let go.
Even in translation, the prose is beautiful, read by the wonderful Sean Barrett.
The city of Bari comes alive in these stories. You don't need to read the full series to enjoy this one, but repeat readers are fed little tidbits they will enjoy. In this book Guido's team stay in the background more than usual but boxing, the sea, the all night bookshop, art, comics and music all have cameos.