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I first started reading gialli with Loriano Machiavelli s Sarti Antonio stories It was fun reading how he portrayed Bologna as a dark and gritty city, and it helped me develop my Italian vocabulary His protagonist is a world weary police detective who loves coffee despite what it does to his stomach, and has a personality a bit like my half brother policeman I then started Donna Leon s Guido Brunetti series, which takes place in Venezia These stories are tighter, and the personalities captur I first started reading gialli with Loriano Machiavelli s Sarti Antonio stories It was fun reading how he portrayed Bologna as a dark and gritty city, and it helped me develop my Italian vocabulary His protagonist is a world weary police detective who loves coffee despite what it does to his stomach, and has a personality a bit like my half brother policeman I then started Donna Leon s Guido Brunetti series, which takes place in Venezia These stories are tighter, and the personalities capture quite well what I remember of the mani puliti era of Italy Brunetti is an appealing family man Then, I started Andrea Camilleri s Salvo Montalbano series, which takes place in Sicily in a fictional town in Agrigento These are enjoyable Salvo acts like a very smart boy who doesn t want to grow up This book was the first one I ve read of the Guido Guerreri series Carofiglio is a good writer The story of Guido s collapsing life, and how he pulls it back together, is a good backdrop to the story of how he defends an extracomunitario accused of murdering a young boy Carofiglio s past as an anti mafia judge shows in the courtroom scenes This book was a very fast read perfect for riding the metro to and from work and was as refreshing break from thinking I ve already started his second book I wonder how he ll keep up the tension since now, I assume, Guido has his act together Excellent Absolutely loved it At the end, the speech by Guido Guerrieri in court room was really powerful and unforgettable.Great Great @READ DOWNLOAD ⛏ Involuntary Witness Ô 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 heroGianrico 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 You know those weird European films, with nothing happening for approximately 10 000 hours and then declared winners of some artsy cinematic festival, and then getting nominated to Oscar, and then getting all the Oscars in all the weird categories.This book is exactly like that Refreshing, quiet, elegantly understated, cynical, ironic and self deprecating Intellectual in very best way No rugged hunks of a detective, o seductive lawyers who fight crime Involuntary Witness not a thriller mys You know those weird European films, with nothing happening for approximately 10 000 hours and then declared winners of some artsy cinematic festival, and then getting nominated to Oscar, and then getting all the Oscars in all the weird categories.This book is exactly like that Refreshing, quiet, elegantly understated, cynical, ironic and self deprecating Intellectual in very best way No rugged hunks of a detective, o seductive lawyers who fight crime Involuntary Witness not a thriller mystery, or god forbid romance,of a character study A tired, troubled man, reluctantly doing his job one step at the time I loved the atmosphere, all the legal procedures author s former anti Mafia judge in the Italian city of Bari, so he knows the business well And Guido Guerrieri s inner monologues are simply hilarious Narrator is very good, I loved Italian terms and loved, simply adored, how he pronounced Attorney Guerrieri as Avvocato Guerrieri , instantly bringing this visual to my mind This book pleased me immensely I am not a fan of legal procedurals, and this novel features no investigation as in most murder mysteries A non Italian who pedals counterfeit merchandise is accused of the murder of a boy, all based on hearsay and misinterpreted evidence The defense rests mainly on creating doubt in the minds of the jurors The novel was slow to start, giving farof the lawyer s back story than I enjoyed I thought about abandoning it about halfway through, but decided to proceed The book improved, but I am not a fan of legal procedurals, and this novel features no investigation as in most murder mysteries A non Italian who pedals counterfeit merchandise is accused of the murder of a boy, all based on hearsay and misinterpreted evidence The defense rests mainly on creating doubt in the minds of the jurors The novel was slow to start, giving farof the lawyer s back story than I enjoyed I thought about abandoning it about halfway through, but decided to proceed The book improved, but not enough I d consider reading a second installment Whole worlds pass by us and we don t notice Guido Guerrieri is an Italian advocate just coming out of a rough patch of depression His wife has left him and he s just been struggling along until he s assigned the case of an African immigrant accused of killing a young boy Abdou Thiam, the client, absolutely refuses to settle in spite of overwhelming circumstantial evidence against him So the case goes to trial The trial has a surface appearance of fairness, but at its core there is a subte Whole worlds pass by us and we don t notice Guido Guerrieri is an Italian advocate just coming out of a rough patch of depression His wife has left him and he s just been struggling along until he s assigned the case of an African immigrant accused of killing a young boy Abdou Thiam, the client, absolutely refuses to settle in spite of overwhelming circumstantial evidence against him So the case goes to trial The trial has a surface appearance of fairness, but at its core there is a subtext of racism that reminds us of sham trials of blacks in the U.S After all, all those niggers look the same, as one of the witnesses insists Those who dislike legal dramas heavy on courtroom settings will be disappointed I love those kinds of scenes so this book really held my interest Very interesting legal drama that reveals some of the similarities and differences between the American and Italian legal system Clearly the pressure to settle and plead out a case is tremendous The cost of a trial, the discount in the sentence available to those who plead, the time required all conspire to encourage everyone, even the innocent, to cop a plea I will certainly read listen toin the series Very ably read as always by Sean Barrett I read Involuntary Witness in two days and after about the mid point, I couldn t put it down Gianrico Carofiglio has found a winning combination a troubled protagonist, lawyer Guido Guerrieri a sympathetic defendent, Abdou Thiam of Senegal and a fascinating inside view of the Italian criminal justice system I wrote a status update at the beginning of Part 3 Guido has decided to fight for his client, basically because Abdou refuses to plead guilty and take a lesser punishment But I was wro I read Involuntary Witness in two days and after about the mid point, I couldn t put it down Gianrico Carofiglio has found a winning combination a troubled protagonist, lawyer Guido Guerrieri a sympathetic defendent, Abdou Thiam of Senegal and a fascinating inside view of the Italian criminal justice system I wrote a status update at the beginning of Part 3 Guido has decided to fight for his client, basically because Abdou refuses to plead guilty and take a lesser punishment But I was wrong about Guido s plan of attack In an American novel, Guido would hire a private detective and try to find the actual murderer, but this is an Italian novel Guido decides to dismantle the case that the prosecutor plans to present And he digs up some important evidence of his own.Guido s wife of ten years leaves him at the beginning of the book, so it starts off with him trying to get his life back on track He s not a very nice guy he treats his wife with indifference, cheating on her from time to time, and he doesn t take his law practice very seriously After Sara leaves him, he pretty much falls apart, triggering panic attacks Everything turns around when he is asked to defend Adbou If you have ever traveled in Italy you know these African guys They sell knock off products on the streets of most cities and in this case, along the coastline of Puglia, in a community called Duna Beach, near Bari Abdou is accused of killing a young boy whom he has befriended the boy lived with his grandparents near Duna Beach His friendship with the boy leads to him being suspected of Francesco s murder Primarily based upon the testimony of a bar owner who claims to have seen Abdou near the area where the boy was abducted, Abdou is arrested The evidence is circumstantial, but the police have no other suspects and racism is a factor in the case Abdou is constantly referred to as the non European And the bar owner uses the n word freely.In the meantime, Guido comes to believe that is client is innocent and that he may have a chance of chipping away at the circumstantial evidence He goes into the trial with very little preparation and no real plan He just stays open to inconsistencies in the testimony and spends his weekends visiting the scene of the abduction and thinking about ways to counter the prosecutor s evidence Such as it is Carofiglio is an excellent writer and, as he is an anti Mafia judge in Bari, he knows his Italian courtroom procedure Guido develops as a character during the course of the book, and by the end, you re relieved that he has come back to life Tomorrow, I start another book by Carofiglio, The Past Is a Foreign Country Or maybe tonight Involuntary Witness is the first book in a series featuring Italian trial lawyer Guido Guerrieri, who lives in Bari, Italy The book is a translation from the original Italian into British English, at least my copy of the book was in British English.The author, Gianrico Carofiglio, is a former Italian judge, so the legal aspects of his novels are very accurate, and are interesting in their own right due to the complexity of the Italian Justice System, which the author explains clearly for the re Involuntary Witness is the first book in a series featuring Italian trial lawyer Guido Guerrieri, who lives in Bari, Italy The book is a translation from the original Italian into British English, at least my copy of the book was in British English.The author, Gianrico Carofiglio, is a former Italian judge, so the legal aspects of his novels are very accurate, and are interesting in their own right due to the complexity of the Italian Justice System, which the author explains clearly for the reader.The book has a first person narration by the protagonist, forty year old civil and criminal trial lawyer Guido Guerrieri, who recounts the events that make up his mid life crisis, including the lost cause court case that contributes to his redemptive recovery.The author has filled his protagonist with a wicked sense of humor, which makes the book very entertaining Dialog is often embedded in the narration, reminiscent of J.D Salinger s Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye If you have read any John Grisham novels, you might recognize the pattern of the down and out lawyer wracked by self loathing who redeems himself by winning an impossible case for a just cause Are you a Nick Hornby fan, author of the novels High Fidelity and About a Boy If you are, you might recognize the spoiled, self indulgent man boy protagonist who suffers a crisis that pushes him to mature out of his prolonged puberty into full manhood Did I enjoy reading Involuntary Witness Yes, I did, mainly because of the Italian cultural setting and because of the humor in the book I had a few reservations which are explained in my full review.Please read my full and illustrated review at Italophile Book Reviewshttp italophilebookreviews.blogspot Involuntary Witness is the first novel in Carofiglio s series featuring attorney Guido Guerrieri Currently there are four books this one, A Walk in the Dark, Reasonable Doubts, and Temporary Perfections Having never read any of these before and just on the heels of the most current Camilleri novel and the tv series as well , I m content right now to continue my sojourn in Italy and to try authors who are new to me from this country This may be one of the first books of crime fiction I ve Involuntary Witness is the first novel in Carofiglio s series featuring attorney Guido Guerrieri Currently there are four books this one, A Walk in the Dark, Reasonable Doubts, and Temporary Perfections Having never read any of these before and just on the heels of the most current Camilleri novel and the tv series as well , I m content right now to continue my sojourn in Italy and to try authors who are new to me from this country This may be one of the first books of crime fiction I ve read where there is definitely crime, it s definitely fiction, but there s no case per se to solve Instead, what happens in this book is something totally different than most books written in this genre Rather than focusing on any sort of police procedure or getting into the head of any criminal or cop, Involuntary Witness is the story of Guido Guerrieri, an attorney located in Italy it s a peek inside the complicated judicial system, and it also offers a look at attitudes toward immigrants to that country Put all of that together, and throw in some excellent prose, and a stunning novel emerges.Guerrieri lives and works in Bari, a coastal city just above the country s boot heel, pretty much due east from Naples After ten years, Guido and his wife have separated and while some people in this situation tend to throw themselves into their work and try to move on, he s having a very difficult time His depression and anxiety are taking their toll and he s moving through his days as though someone has flipped his personal autopilot switch He cannot even pretend to be interested in the issues his clients bring to his office, and wonders if it s going to be like this from now on But in the midst of all of this gloom, he gets a visit from a woman who has her own problems Her name is Abajeje, and she wants to hire Guerrieri to take on the case of a Senegalese who sells fake purses, etc along the beach Abdou is potentially facing life in prison for the murder of a young boy, a murder he says he absolutely did not commit Abajeje believes in his innocence and needs Guido to stand up for him in court he is her last hope after earlier lawyers basically sat by and did nothing, taking money raised for Abdou s defense in the meantime The case as it stands seems hopeless, but Guerrieri agrees to take it on He has no witnesses, but is determined to find justice for his client somehow How is he going to pull this off For most of the novel, Involuntary Witness is actuallyof a character study, introducing readers to Guerrieri, following him through his time of crisis, and watching him emerge out of darkness into a different person, making the quotation by Laozi or as most people know this ancient Chinese philosopher Lao tzu at the beginning of the novel highly appropriate What the caterpillar thinks is the end of the world, the rest of the world calls a butterfly But what also comes out of this book is a stunning courtroom performance where Guerrieri has little or nothing in the way of evidence to prove his client s innocence other than his commitment in the truth Carofiglio also examines racist attitudes and anti immigrant sentiment in a very open and honest manner.Had someone told me that there is very little in the way of crime solving in this novel and that it rested mainly on the character of a depressed attorney who has trouble making it through the day without bursting into tears, I may have given it a pass in favor of muchmeaty crime fiction But once I launched into the story, I had to keep going and couldn t put the book down until the last page No, there s not the usual crime fiction fare here no, there s not much action going on and no, there s not much focus on investigative technique On the other hand, the insights into the judicial and legal systems, the attention to racism and the amazing courtroom scenes shouldthan make up for what s NOT here enough to keep any reader satisfied If those reasons aren t enough, Carofiglio is an amazing writer who manages to set you on the path of Guerrieri s journey, keep you there, and blow you away by the end of the book And considering that this is only the first novel, I m sure the rest of the books have the potential to be even better.If you only want the standard crime fiction fare and put action ahead of character, this may not be the right book for you I ve seen this book classified as a legal thriller, but that s not exactly right either On the flip side, if you re looking for solid writing, a character who is credible largely because he is so human, and if you want some sterling moments of drama, you should consider giving this book a try Sometimes less is , which is definitely the case here Highly recommended Rating 4.9 of fiveSee the review on Shelf Inflicted moving all reviews to my blogs Rating 4.9 of fiveSee the review on Shelf Inflicted moving all reviews to my blogs