Carofiglio’s engaging main character. Fenoglio is a sensitive, polished figure who hasmanaged to keep his idealism intact in a career meant to break it; he is ascomfortable philosophizing as he is citing the public safety code. When herecalls a joke about a drunkard searching for his keys under a streetlightrather than in the dark street where he lost them, he realizes his search isfailing for the same reason: “We look where it’s light, even though that’sexactly how not to solve the problem. Solving this case, Carofiglio shows us,requires a leap into the darkness.
PW: This is sure to win Carofiglio, a former prosecutor who specialized in organized crime, a wider U.S. audience.
CrimeTime: Who better to tell you how the Mafia works than the man who in real life was an Italian prosecutor and advisor to the government’s anti-MafiaCommittee? This at times meditative book teaches us much about gangland’schildish rituals and Italian police procedure but still racks up some tensionbefore its realistic conclusion. It’s a book for adult readers, aboutgangsters who are little more than viscously bad boys.
Gianrico Carofiglio was born in Bari in 1961 and has worked for many years as a prosecutor specialized in organized crime. He was appointed advisor of the anti-Mafia committee in the Italian parliament in 2007 and has served as senator from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of the novels featuring the character of defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri: A Walk in the Dark, 2003,Temporary Perfections, 2010, A Fine Line, 2014. He was awarded the Premio Gargano Vincenzo Afferrante in 2015, and the Premio Letterario Castelfiorentino in 2016. Carofiglio’s multi-award winner books have sold four million and five hundred thousand copies in Italy and have been translated or are going to be translated into 27 languages worldwide.