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A Walk in the Dark (Guido Guerrieri #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,099 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
When no lawyer accepts to represent Marina in her attempt to bring her boyfriend to trial for assault and battery, Guerrieri takes the case. No witnesses willing to testify and a hostile judge: just his kind of case. Doesn t hurt that he s attracted to Sister Maria, the young woman protecting Marina, who shares his love for martial arts.
ebook, 218 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Bitter Lemon Press (first published 2003)
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Richard Derus
Apr 10, 2013 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anna [Floanne]
Secondo libro di Carofiglio che leggo in pochi giorni. Qui si parla di abuso su minori e stalking, un pugno allo stomaco, insomma. Guerrieri viene interpellato per difendere Martina, vittima di stalking, ma poiché lo stalker è un personaggio della Bari "bene", nessuno la vuole aiutare. In queste circostanze Guerrieri conosce Suor Claudia che gestisce una casa-famiglia per ragazze in difficoltà. Sarà la sua storia il pezzo forte del romanzo. Anche in questo capitolo della serie assistiamo all'enn ...more
Nancy Oakes
Continuing on with book two in Carofiglio's most excellent series, time and Guido Guerrieri have both moved along some two years since the events of the previous novel, Involuntary Witness. Now Guerrieri is in a comfortable relationship, he's started cooking, and has recently been mulling over the fact that he's approaching middle age. In his professional life, he is serving as attorney to a woman who has pressed charges against her former boyfriend. Martina Fumai now lives at a secret refuge fo ...more
Jun 03, 2009 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Carofiglio is just so dependable, you know? His writing is so engaging . . . it draws you in without intruding on the story he has to tell. For instance, here are the opening sentences. "You never quit smoking. You give up for a while. Days, months, years. But you never quit completely. Cigarettes are always there, lying in wait." And by the way, this is not just a great opening. The cigarettes do figure in the book.

Characters? Here again, Carofiglio is great. Sister Claudia is great--a bit of a
Nov 24, 2015 Nantawan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelle per la storia.
3 stelle per lo stile.
Feb 22, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primo approccio con l'avvocato Guerrieri e mi ha decisamente Conquistata. Non so dirvi questo libro a che genere appartiene, per me non può essere etichettato in nessun modo. So solo che è una piacevole lettura,mai scontata o noiosa. Il caso affrontato dal punto di vista dell'avvocato rende la cosa assai interessante e particolare. Ma anche tutto ciò che sta intorno al caso, ovvero i personaggi, le loro storie, i loro interventi non sono per niente ovvi. È strano, ho letto diversi libri di diver ...more
Excellent court room drama set in Bari, Italy. I really enjoy the main character who, while a bit cynical, will still take on cases that others avoid. Was also impressed with how much plot the author was able to squeeze into a rather short book. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by Sean Barrett who is fast becoming one of my favorites.
Joyce Lagow
Jan 23, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Second in the Guido Guerrieri of Bari, Italy, series.

Guerrieri takes on a case out of sheer perversity, one he figures he has no chance of winning--that of a woman who is accusing the son of a prominent, politically influential judge of domestic violence. it’s her word against his, she has a history of depression; although Guerrieri has the assistance of a competent public prosecutor who is also an advocate of women’s rights, there is much stacked against Marina.

There is nothing particularly ori
Dec 30, 2015 Bunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italiani, sellerio
Non li ho letti in ordine cronologico ma con "Ad occhi chiusi" ho terminato la serie con protagonista l'avvocato Guerrieri.
Carofiglio scrive bene, non ce n'è!
Il mio preferito rimane "Le perfezioni provvisorie" perchè è il primo che ho letto e mi ha catturato subito per il fatto di avere un ottimo personaggio: questo avvocato affascinante, con una vita privata complicata, le sue uscite notturne e solitarie, i suoi libri, i suoi dischi che ti prendono più del giallo in sè.

Mi va di fare un piccolo
May 12, 2015 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This translation from the original Italian was excellent. The author is a (former?) prosecuting lawyer in southern Italy, as is his character, who lives and works in the city of Bari. I love the crime and mystery genre, and have an especially soft spot for Italian mysteries, by Italians or by any other nationalities. (And Greek crime novels, and Spanish, and French, and ... .) This one is a standout. The characters and plot are original, the lawyer's personal relationships unexpectedly interesti ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Ilmatte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libri-emotivi
stesso libro, altra copia. ci sono pagine che mi hanno lasciato il groppo in gola, ma è una reazione mia personale.
Kristine Brancolini
A former anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, Carofiglio writes legal thrillers. A Walk in the Dark is the third book I have read by him and, honestly, I couldn't put it down. Carofiglio writes these relatively short books that feel leisurely yet dense at the same time. The character of attorney Guido Guerrieri is honest, flawed and endlessly fascinating.

This case is not about solving a crime but the aftermath of a series of crimes, legal proceedings against the son of a prominent judge who is a stal
Mar 04, 2014 Stefi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa
Trovo che nella votazione si dovrebbero disporre di mezze stelle.
E' il primo libro che leggo di questo autore, e devo dire che non mi è dispiaciuto, ben scritto, alterna la vicenda a dei flash back che vi si ricongiungeranno. Eppure qualcosa, che non riesco ad identificare, non mi convince fino in fondo. Potendo avrei dato tre stelle e mezzo, sinceramente tre sarebbero poche. Mi riservo di leggere qualche altro titolo.
Nicholas Nagykery
I love books that make me cry. This one brought tears streaming down my face in a cleansing, uplifting release of emotion. Avvocato Guido Guerrieri is an immensely likeable character who is courageous and smart yet very human in his fallibility. The story is suspenseful and like the Montalbano series filled with interesting details of Italian life.
Mar 18, 2014 nicdavdi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine follow up to 'Involuntary Witness'. The strength of these books is not in the plot, but in the character of the narrator. Carofiglio has created a lawyer that we can empathise with - a truly difficult task. This is man who has recovered from a severe depression in the first book and who redeems himself through his work. Trouble is he still doesn't think much of himself or his work. The character is flawed (who isn't?) but I felt attracted to him as he struggles to confront his demons (suc ...more
Kitty Myers
Jul 30, 2012 Kitty Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carofiglio has a unique style of writing, fairly simple and leisurely, like an Italian siesta. He spares the reader much of the descriptive garbage other writers feel is so necessary.
Jul 07, 2012 Mikee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Much better than Involuntary Witness. Carofiglio has obviously matured as a writer between that book and this one. Highly recommended. I want to read more.
Mar 28, 2015 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Carofiglio's second book starring defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri, and the third that I've read. It's the best by far. It's a short book that comes to the main story pretty quickly, the story of a woman being stalked and abused by a vicious man whose father is a powerful judge. Two lawyers have already refused to help her fearing retribution. The woman is assisted by a Sister who runs a secretive shelter for battered women.

As in the other books, the story is told chronologically which me
Jul 24, 2011 Pasteurisiert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Das Hörbuch wird spannend und einfühlsam gelesen von Erich Räuker.

Wie auch schon den beiden Hörbücher “Das Gesetz der Ehre” und “Reise in die Nacht”, kann ich mit ruhigem Gewissen diesem spannenden Roman 5 von 5 Sternen verpassen. Wieder eine Meisterleistung des italienischen Bestseller-Autors Gianrico Carofiglio. Empfehlenswert!

Auch der neue Fall des Rechtsanwaltes Guerrieri ist packend aufgebaut. Diesmal muss unser Avvokato keinen Mandanten verteidigen, sondern eine Klage führen. Doch wer ist
Nov 28, 2012 Lars rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The second book of the Guerrieri-series. This time the lawyer defends a woman who was abused by her partner. The trouble about this case is that the father of the accused person is some kind of VIP in the local jurisdiction. So again, the author shows his heart for underdogs and the weak. Also included in the plot is the story of child abuse, which makes it sometimes hard and depressing to read. Speaking of depressions: the protagonist seems to have overcome his mental instability - nevertheless ...more
beh, seconda lettura ravvicinata (propiziata da una tappa a Rapallo, da una dedica, dalla mia gelosia [*] e - soprattutto - dal fascino dell'autore) di Carofiglio.
alcune constatazioni:
- l'autore per quanto fascinoso vuole per forza trovare una pagina sì e una pagina il modo di ficcarci dentro un'osservazione da psicologia spicciola. e se nel primo ( gli veniva bene, qui la cosa fa acqua dappertutto.
- l'autore fatica a fare il suo vero mestiere, cioè l'avv
Apr 23, 2013 Jules rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Protagonist ist der Anwalt Guido Guerrieri, der gleichzeitig Ich-Erzähler ist. Er bekommt eines Tages die Anfrage, ob er nicht eine Frau dabei vertreten wolle, ihren Ex-Freund wegen häuslicher Gewalt vor Gericht zu bringen. Der Haken dabei? Besagter Ex ist Sohn eines angesehenen Richters in Bari – ein Prozess gegen ihn wäre aussichtslos, kein anderer Anwalt will Martina Fumai vertreten (der Filz, der Filz…). Doch Guido will der Frau helfen, alleine schon aus Gerechtigkeitsgefühl und weil er von ...more
Giulia Mancini
Aug 19, 2016 Giulia Mancini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bellissimo, questo libro mi è piaciuto ancora di più del precedente. Coinvolgente e intenso, con un tema davvero forte, da pugno nello stomaco. Ormai è ufficiale adoro l'avvocato Guido Guerrieri, mi piace il suo mettersi dalla parte dei più deboli, il suo modo di non accettare i compromessi e la sua profonda umanità. L'ho letto in una notte (sono in vacanza, ma era un bel po' che non mi capitava di fare le ore piccole con un libro.
Zoe Jussel
Feb 15, 2015 Zoe Jussel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third i have read one after the other, from this author and I really, really enjoy these books and wish there were more waiting. The author is former attorney in Italy, who put away influential criminals and Mafia members in his country. His protagonist, also criminal lawyer, is self deprecating and a very interesting personality, whom you never expect to win out in court, but he always does. Similar to Connolly's Hieronymous Bosch. The Title in English is A Walk in the Dark.
Jan 11, 2016 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guido Guerrieri is an Italian lawyer in Bari whose first person musings on the Law, relationships, life’s challenges and moral ambiguities pave the way through this interesting story about his latest client, an abused woman who decides to take her ex-boyfriend before the court. The story is full of irony, social comment and sharp satirical bursts of word-play. It alerted me to consider the translator, without whose skills I would not be able to enjoy this author’s work. I am sadly deficient in l ...more
Alison Kennedy
Mar 02, 2014 Alison Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable book. Part legal drama, part police drama, the book is fast paced, easy to read and has an engaging plot.

The main character of guido, the lawyer, has issues but still manages to be an excellent lawyer who is really rather like able. The other characters are also believable as real people. There are also two surprise outcomes at the end of this.

I'm looking forward to reading more from carofiglio.
Aug 24, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another fine character driven legal drama featuring Guido Guerrieri. The case this time involves an action brought by a young woman who is accusing her ex-lover of abuse. The ex, a professor and the son of a powerful judge, seems to be untouchable. It looks like a hopeless cause, but that's what draws Guido to it.

Carofiglio writes so well, and his characters resonate. He has a fine ear for the rococo - even operatic - language of the Italian legal system, and personal knowledge of the li
Dec 26, 2014 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una brutta storia
Una storia di stalking. E di violenza.
E i personaggi di contorno un po' strani.
A cominciare dalla suora da combattimento...
E questo secondo libro mi piaciuto un po' meno del primo.
Per una lettura gradevole e questo avvocato non niente male, dopotutto.
Sep 21, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secondo giallo di Carofiglio (anche se questo era precedente all'altro letto),inizio ad appassionarmi,mi è piaciuta la trama,argomento che da sempre mi interessa, e mi piace il suo tipo di scrittura. Ottima lettura anche se avrei preferito un'altra fine.
Rosemary Kind
This was good, although not as I expected. It's a crime novel, but it is more about the lives of the characters with the crime wrapped in. It's worth reading and interesting to read about a different legal system and process.
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Gianrico Carofiglio (born 1961) is a novelist and former anti-Mafia judge in the Italian city of Bari.[1] His debut novel, Involuntary Witness, was published in 2002 and translated into English in 2005 by Patrick Creagh and published by the Bitter Lemon Press and has been adapted as the basis for a popular television series in Italy.[2] The subsequent novels were translated by How
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