I was surprised to realize after I finished this book how much I enjoyed it. I expected an American style legal thriller but actually it is much more a psychological study of an Avvocato, Guido Guerrieri.
The Italian court system and the prejudice against “non-Europeans” are very interesting.
However, there actually is a trial and Guerrieri is working against great odds in defense of his client.
There’s not quite enough of a story here and there are far too many asides in it; it’s mostly a book about Italian judicial procedures, but there is also a lot of private life stuff that is not easy either to understand or to follow; at least the book is often funny; however, once you know that there’s going to be a trial you know that the defendant will be found innocent (else the book would make no sense at all), so there’s little suspense; the reader simply follows the trial to its inevitable conclusion and you never find out who actually did the foul deed. Really, you get no explanation at all, like it doesn’t matter who actually did it. Maybe it doesn’t.
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