Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio
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Set in Bari
(Puglia)
THEME
©2002
English Translation ©2005
 

Gianrico Carofiglio

Involuntary Witness
(Testimone Inconsapevole)

(Translated from the Italian by Patrick Creagh)

JACKET NOTES:  A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, counsel for the defence, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism fuelled by the recent immigration from Africa, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric working of the Italian courts.

More than a perfectly paced legal thriller, this relentless suspense novel transcends the genre. A powerful attack on racism, and a fascinating insight into the Italian judicial process, it is also an affectionate portrait of a deeply humane hero.
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