A Walk in the Dark by Gianrico Carofiglio

By Gianrico Carofiglio

"Carofiglio writes crisp, ironical novels which are as a lot love tales and philosophical treatises as they're criminal thrillers."—The New Yorker

"Part felony mystery, half perception right into a guy struggling with his personal demons. each personality in Carofiglio's fiction has a narrative to inform and they're consistently worthy listening to. because the writer himself is an anti-mafia prosecutor, this powerfully affecting novel advantages from veracity in addition to tight writing."—Daily Mail

"A novel as a lot approximately human nature and the passage of time because it is ready law-breaking. Crisp laconic sentences, refined shifts in tone, and a continuing translation that are supposed to be commended."—The occasions Literary Supplement

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend, the son of a strong neighborhood pass judgement on, of attack and battery, no witnesses could be persuaded to testify on her behalf, and one attorney after one other refuses to symbolize her. Guido Guerrieri is familiar with the case may convey his criminal occupation to a untimely, messy finish, yet he can't face up to the attraction of an it appears hopeless reason. Nor can he deny an appeal to Sister Claudia, the younger lady answerable for the look after the place Martina resides. Claudia stocks his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.

Gianrico Carofiglio used to be an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, a port at the coast of Puglia, for a few years, and is now a member of the Italian senate. He has offered over 2.5 million books of the Guerrieri sequence in Italy alone.

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Delissanti was a bastard. But good, bloody good. A kind of 240-pound pitbull. Nobody was keen to have him as an opponent. I’d seen him cross-examine prosecution witnesses, making them say one thing and then immediately afterwards the exact opposite. Without their even realizing it. For a few seconds I had a disturbing vision of my frail client struggling with Delissanti. It occurred to me we were really in the shit. I asked if I could see the papers and Alessandra told me they were in the secretariat.

When the girl had been questioned, with the help of a nice lady psychologist, it had emerged that this hadn’t been the first time. Not even the second or third time. The police had done their job well. They’d identified the pervert, and had photographed him secretly. Outside the council office where he worked-amodel employee. The girl had recognized him. She’d pointed at the photograph, her teeth chattering, and then looked away. When the police had gone to arrest him, they’d found a collection of photos.

But this wasn’t a normal trial. It took me no more than an hour to examine the whole file. Then I opened my briefcase, took out the yellow envelope and looked at what it contained. The photocopies were of a book on criminology by an American psychiatrist, about a kind of criminal I’d never had to deal with since becoming a lawyer. Or maybe I had, without realizing it. The stalker. In the first pages, the author, quoting US laws, a large number of studies, and the FBI manual of criminal classification, defined a stalker asa predator who furtively and obstinately follows a victim according to a specific criterion and acts in such as way as to cause emotional distress and arouse a reasonable fear of being killed or suffering physical abuse, or who in a constant, voluntary and premeditated fashion follows and harasses another person.

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