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A Walk in the Dark (Guido Guerrieri #2)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  600 ratings  ·  55 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...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Bitter Lemon Press (first published 2003)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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L
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...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
Joyce Lagow

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...more
Marie
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
Ilmatte
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...more
nicdavdi
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
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.
Mikee
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.
Pasteurisiert
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...more
Lars
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
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...more
Duesterwald-Online
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Martina Fumai möchte ihren gewalttätigen Exfreund vor Gericht bringen. Doch keiner möchte ihr bei diesem Unterfangen behilflich sein, denn ihr Exfreund ist niemand anderes als der Sohn eines mächtigen Richters.

Guido Guerrieri lässt sich auf diesen Fall ein, trotz des Wissens, dass er das Ende seiner Karriere bedeuten könne. Doch ist es nicht die reine Faszination an diesem Fall, die ihn antreibt - Auch Schwester Claudia, die Leiterin des Frauenhauses, in dem Martina wohnt, spielt dabei ei...more
Jules
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
Stefi
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.
Pat
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
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.
Monica
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...more
Tony M.
il mio primo libro di Carofiglio. Bello. Mi è piaciuto davvero tanto.
Semplice, breve ma intenso. Un legal thriller all'italiana davvero apprezzabile. Consigliato.
Alisea
Secondo libro con protagonista l'avvocato Guerrieri, ma, dei quattro, è il migliore come trama: in questo episodio vengono trattati i vergognosi problemi della violenza domestica, degli abusi sui bambini e dello stalking. I personaggi sono molto ben caratterizzati ed è reso molto bene il senso di impotenza che Guerrieri prova (e che proviamo tutti) di fronte ad una giustizia mai abbastanza efficace nel proteggere i più deboli.
E' un bel romanzo, scorrevole e coinvolgente, con una vena malinconic...more
Peter
Highly recommended book, moc se mi to líbilo, po dlouhé době 5-stars
Lucy Murphy
Jul 17, 2014 Lucy Murphy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
In English of course
Lindsey Millar
Best BEST series of books.
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Bari, Italy's defense lawyer Avocato Guido Guerrieri is approached by a friend to represent a woman, who has been abused by the son of a well-known judge in a her word against his type of case. Then Guido discovers that she had a nervous breakdown while in school, and will be pilloried as unstable. Her protector, a nun named Claudia is also involved, and forms a kind of spiritual bond with Guido. The ending is a surprise.
Scott
This second novel starring Bari defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri is just as good, if not better, than his debut in iInvoluntary Witness.

These are not just mysteries. They are filled with interesting characters whose psychologies you learn as you progress. The translations are quite good, an occasional incorrect word, but a joy to read.
Anna
Dobry włoski kryminał sądowy. Słowo prześladowanej kobiety pracującej w schronisku dla kobiet przeciwko słowu znanego lekarza (syna znanego i wpływowego adwokata).

Good Italian court crime story. The word of a woman working in shelter for women against the word of wealthy psychician, son of influential lawyer. Gripping and thrilling.
Frangino Lucarini
Un grande libro lo riconosci da quelle due o tre pagine che ti emozionano al di là della tecnica, della storia e dei personaggi. Qui ci sono grandi personaggi, una narrazione avvincente e una miriade di dettagli che sembra un film con una fotografia da paura (Duccio apri tutto) e poi due o tre passaggi che ti rimangono dentro.
Reetta Saine
Lukekaa nyt ihmiset hyvät tätä loistavaa dekkarisarjaa!

Päähenkilönä filosofoiva, kirjallinen, fiilistelevä ja oikeudentuntoinen lakimies. Vapaahko rakkaussuhde, mielenkiintoisia sivuhenkilöitä, kaunista kieltä - ja kaikissa kirjoissa kuunnellaan muun hyvän musiikin ohessa Brucea.

Ei paljon paremmaksi voi mennä!
Diana
An enjoyable quick read. It is so good to have a normal, unflawed protagonist who does the right thing after very human anxieties. The plot was tight and plausible and there was an escalating sense of dread that made the book un-put-downable. I read it happily in a few hours and am ready for more!
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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...more
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