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A Walk in the Dark (Guido Guerrieri #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,201 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
"Carofiglio writes crisp, ironical novels that are as much love stories and philosophical treatises as they are legal thrillers."—The New Yorker

"Part legal thriller, part insight into a man fighting his own demons. Every character in Carofiglio's fiction has a story to tell and they are always worth hearing. As the author himself is an anti-mafia prosecutor, this powerfull
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Paperback, 218 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Bitter Lemon Press (first published 2003)
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Antigone
Sep 28, 2016 Antigone rated it really liked it
I came across a guy the other day who'd decided it was probably a good idea for people to have an existential crisis every once in awhile. And I thought, as you do, well, here's a person who's never had one. Here's someone who thinks it's like Brussels sprouts or a prostate exam; some discomfort you gear yourself up to endure, knowing you'll profit by it in a sort of incremental way by the time the sun sets and the day is done. Curse God, cry foul, and pour yourself a stiff one. That's all there ...more
Richard Derus
Oct 29, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been revised and can now be found at Shelf Inflicted!
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
Anna Catharina
Carofiglio ist für mich einer der besten italienischen Krimiautoren. Ich habe zwar dieses Buch schon einmal vor ein paar Jahren für ein Seminar gelesen, doch auch das Reread war sehr gut. Guido Guerrieri ist ein sympathischer Protagonist, die Handlung ruhig und durch ihr menschliches Drama trotzdem fesselnd. Besonders hat mich das Ende überzeugt, weil es eben kein gutes Ende ist, dafür aber wesentlich realistischer.
Mir persönlich erscheint das italienische Gerichtswesen aber wie ein Buch mit sie
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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
L
Feb 06, 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
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Jessica
Feb 16, 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
Nantawan
Nov 24, 2015 Nantawan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelle per la storia.
3 stelle per lo stile.
Bea Tris
Mar 27, 2017 Bea Tris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi era mancato lo stile semplice, diretto e brillante di Carofiglio. Bel libro, non solo ben costruito e fluidissimo, ma anche pieno di spunti e riferimenti a cose nuove e interessanti. E' un bello stile quello di questo scrittore, riesce a creare delle microparticelle che lentamente si rivelano parte di un mosaico, a volte più semplice e nitido, a volte più complesso. Questo era uno di quelli semplici e immediati, a livello di trama, ma i concetti e i temi che troverete in questo libro sono mol ...more
Laura LaLunga
Li chiamo "libri cuscinetto", sono i libri che hanno la funzione di far decantare quanto letto in precedenza, se ad esempio è notevole come Cavalli Selvaggi di McCarthy.

Carofiglio svolge egregiamente questa funzione, con il suo scrivere ironico, con l'avvicendarsi di fatti di cronaca nera e vita spicciola, con la prosa briosa ma rilassante.
Una vicenda legale, una donna maltrattata, una suora sui generis, l'avvocato Guerrieri con le sue debolezze e la sua abilità forense.

Un libro da approcciare
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Sandi
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
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Bunny
Sep 22, 2012 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
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Marie
Apr 07, 2014 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
Stefi
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.
Mikee
Jul 01, 2012 Mikee rated it it was amazing
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.
Ilmatte
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.
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.
Henrik
Nov 13, 2016 Henrik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En ægte feel good krimi. Hovedpersonen, en advokat, nyder livet mellem forbrydere, smukke kvinder og gaderne i byen Bari. Et godt nyt bekendtskab.
read breathe
Feb 27, 2017 read breathe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un bel libro scritto bene che tratta argomenti che all'epoca della storia non erano ancora così presenti come, purtroppo, lo sono ora (stalker, violenza su minori e femminicidio) In questa storia troviamo l'avv. Guido Guerrieri alle prese con una pratica non facile un processo dove si costituisce parte civile contro un figlio di papà della Bari bene. Oltre al processo si vive un altro racconto che solo alla fine ci viene spiegato e poi si vive in prima persona la vita di Guido che ha una delle m ...more
Kristine Brancolini
May 09, 2014 Kristine Brancolini rated it it was amazing
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
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Eastendleo
'A Walk In the Dark' is the English version.

Goodreads (bad, Goodreads, bad!) lists that English version as "W Walk in the Dark' for some reason, and it only has three reviews, which is very unlikely for this author. So, even though I haven't read this in the original Italian, this is where I'll post my review.

And first off, I want to say it is a relief the translation for Carofiglio's second book was switched to a new translator. Well, I guess the new person could have been as inept as the first
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Laura
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.
Jules
Sep 30, 2012 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
Aurora
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 (http://www.anobii.com/books/Testimone...) gli veniva bene, qui la cosa fa acqua dappertutto.
- l'autore fatica a fare il suo vero mestiere, cioè l'avv
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Pasteurisiert
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
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Jack
Nov 06, 2014 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
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Lars
Nov 20, 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
Arwen56
Migliore rispetto al primo della serie, ossia “Testimone inconsapevole”. Affronta temi tristemente attuali, quali la violenza nei confronti delle donne e l’abuso sui minori. Leggibile, a tempo perso.
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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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