"Carofiglio writes crisp, ironical novels that are as much love stories and philosophical treatises as they are legal thrillers."The New Yorker
"Raises the standard for crime fiction. Carofiglio's deft touch has given us a story that is both literary and grittyand one that speeds along like the best legal thrillers. His insights into human naturegood and badare breathtaking." Jeffery Deaver
The first in the Guido Guerrieri series.
A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, counsel for the defense, 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 workings 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.
Gianrico Carofiglio, a member of the senate in Italy, was an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, a port on the coast of Puglia. He has been involved with trials concerning corruption, organized crime, and the traffic of human beings. He has written four Guido Guerrieri novels, all bestsellers, having sold over two million copies worldwide.