A Walk in the Dark

A Walk in the Dark

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When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend--the son of a powerful local judge--of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf and one lawyer after another refuses to represent her. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor deny an attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.
Publisher: London : Bitter Lemon Press : [distributor] Turnaround Publisher Services Ltd, 2010
Edition: New edition
ISBN: 9781904738534
Branch Call Number: Mystery Carofiglio
Characteristics: 215 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Curtis, Howard 1949-

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Jan 09, 2012

Some British reviewers have said about this book that it is “intelligent, reflective crime fiction, written with diamond-sharp precision, a must-read series” and allegedly “an excellent read and one to be sought out by erudite mystery fans”. I don’t now where these reviewers are coming from since, to me, it’s nowhere as good a book as they allege; once again, Carofiglio has written mostly about Italian judicial procedures, though this time there’s a bit more meat on the storyline. But he still has annoying writing habits; at one point someone named Emilio appears only for a page or so then vanishes, reappearing 60-70 pages later with only his first name mentioned rather than “my friend Emilio” or something similar to alert the reader; I had to rifle through the first two-thirds of the book to figure out who he was; and there are still way too many digressions into the lawyer’s private life; good to have something there, but neither we nor the storyline need quite so much of it.

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