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A Fine Line by Gianrico Carofiglio
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  Linnet71 | May 25, 2018 |
... e giustizia per tutti!

La natura pareggia il conto in maniera asettica, senza interferenze di alcun tipo che non siano quelle dovute alla sua stessa struttura, al suo "Ordine". L'uomo no. L'uomo ha il raziocinio, i sentimenti, la "pietas" ed è l'unico fra gli animali che si è dato il privilegio(?) di ergersi a giudice di un suo simile. Si può chiamare "fare giustizia" ciò? Forse è proprio nella sua natura, in quelle differenze che sulla carta dovrebbero fare la differenza, l'inghippo. Chi può dire se il sistema funziona leggendo i numeri delle statistiche? Diecimila sentenze emesse hanno ripianato la bilancia dei reati commessi? Quanti altri guasti hanno generato quelle stesse sentenze? Quali costi sociali, umani, quante vite distrutte e quante si potevano evitare di spezzare? Colpevoli o innocenti? E' tutto qua? Come può un uomo restare equilibrato davanti a tanta corruzione, disuguaglianza, disprezzo della vita umana senza perdere altrettanta di quella umanità e lucidità che gli è fondamentale per il compito cui è chiamato a svolgere? E' tutto un castello di carte dove il confine si sposta di continuo fra vari gradi di moralità. E gli spostamenti sono terremoti cui si sopravvive perchè è un'istinto primordiale, ma tutto il sistema giudiziario è costellato di macerie e crepe ovunque, di zombie, di semidei autoproclamatisi, di eroi con le armi spuntate, di ladri di polli criminalizzati e di criminali assurti ad eroi del nostro tempo. Se in un romanzo godibile per leggerezza di scrittura (e non sto dicendo che sia un demerito) esce fuori dalle pieghe delle parole tutto questo, non c'è alcun dubbio che Carofiglio conosce molto bene il suo ambiente e che, allo stesso tempo, il quadro sia di una tragicità sconfortante.
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
I was excited to find this book, mainly because the setting is Italy. I don’t come across many fictional works that have been translated from its primary language of Italian. Howard Curtis, the translator, and as far as I can tell, did a wonderful job.

This book is a prime example of me getting caught up in one of the books aspect. Too late did I realize that A Fine Line is the fifth, and most, recent book in the Guido Guerrieri series. Guerrieri is everything that most defense attorneys in American literature are not: timid and courteous. The Financial Times said it best: “Where Phillip Marlowe would be knocking back bourbon and listening to the snap of a fist on jaw, Guerrieri prefers Sicilian wine and Leonard Cohen.”

He talks to himself and the punching bag hanging in the middle of his living room (he’s been boxing for decades and seems to be something of a hoarder). It’s that quality that makes dialogue hard to follow.; I never could figure out who he was talking to.

The basis of the plot is simple: Judge Pierluigi Larocca is the subject of corruption charges. He’s been accused of being bribed. Helping Guerrieri is a private

I think this is one of those series that has to be read in order. I had a hard time trying to figure out who was who. Of the 100 pages that I did read, the plot was hard to decipher and only made up about 20 of those 100 pages. The rest is bogged down in the law and the Italian legal system that is dry as dirt. I’m not even sure how private detective Annapaloa Doria, a motorcycle-riding bisexual, really fit into the story, other than the one time she help Guerrieri out by beating up a bunch of hoodlums with a baseball bat that she stores on her bike.

Needless to say, Gianrico Carofiglio’s A Fine Line wound up in the DNF (did not finish) pile.
This work receives 1 out of 5 stars in Julie’s world. ( )
  juliecracchiolo | May 23, 2017 |
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The fifth in the best-selling Guido Guerrieri series. When Judge Larocca is accused of corruption, Guerrieri goes against his better instincts and takes the case. Helped by Annapaola Doria, a motorbike-riding bisexual private detective who keeps a baseball bat on hand for sticky situations, he investigates the alleged links to the mafia. Of course Guerrieri cannot stop himself from falling for Annapaola's exotic charms. The novel is a suspenseful legal thriller but it is also much more. It is the story of a judge who, to quote Dostoevsky, "lies to himself and listens to his own lies, so gets to the point where he can no longer distinguish the truth, either in himself or around himself."… (more)

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