Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio

Involuntary Witness

Gianrico Carofiglio

If you're ever charged with murder in Italy ask for lawyer Guido Guerrieri! That said this is a much more reflective book than I expected, owing more to Georges Simenon than Perry Mason. The riveting court scenes are counterpointed by serious thoughts on justice and racism (for example) by Guido, who is an interesting character in himself. I hope the Italian TV series hasn't changed him too much.

Extract

While I was asking this, Lorusso turned towards me for an instant and gave me a glare of hatred. I was about to do something not often done. I was about to violate the tacit pact of non-aggression that exists during trials between defence counsel and cops. He had realised this. If he ever got a chance, he'd make me pay for it.

Parallels
  • The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  • The Depths of the Forest by Eugenio Fuentes
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Violence
Explicit sexual content