Gianrico Carofiglio books in order
Gianrico Carofiglio is a former Italian anti-Mafia judge and bestselling, award-winning author of mystery, thriller and literary fiction.
Born in 1961 in Bari, Southern Italy, Carofiglio spent the majority of his career working as a prosecutor specializing in organized crime.
He served in the anti-Mafia committee in the Italian parliament in 2007 and was also a senator between 2008 and 2013.
As a novelist, Carofiglio is best known for writing the Guido Guerrieri crime series.
His novel The Past is A Foreign Country, originally titled “Il passato è una terra straniera”, not only won the 2005 Premio Bancarella literary award, but was also adapted into an internationally acclaimed film starring Michele Riondino and Elio Germano.
Originally written in his native Italian, Carofiglio’s books have been translated into 24 languages worldwide.
Genres: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
- The Silence of the Wave - Il silenzio dell'onda (2011)
- The Past is A Foreign Country - Il passato è una terra straniera (2004)
- Three O'Clock in the Morning - Le tre del mattino (2017)
- Involuntary Witness - Testimone inconsapevole (2002)
- A Walk in the Dark - Ad occhi chiusi (2003)
- Reasonable Doubts - Ragionevoli dubbi (2006)
- Temporary Perfections - Le perfezioni provvisorie (2010)
- A Fine Line - La regola dell'equilibrio (2014)
- The Measure of Time - La misura del tempo (2019)
- Cocaine (2015)
- The Cold Summer - L'estate fredda (2016)
Detailed book overview
A woman on the run from her past. A child on the run from reality. A man on the run from himself. These three compelling characters' stories gain momentum quickly, in clear and absorbing prose that plumbs their deepest feelings. Carofiglio confronts the dark side of the human soul in this captivating story of fall and redemption.
As world-weary Lieutenant Chiti spends sleepless nights hunting for the serial rapist terrorizing his city, trainee lawyer Giorgio is befriended by dangerously charismatic Francesco. Slowly the innocent Giorgio is lured into a corrupt world of beautiful women and casual violence. Then one terrifying night Giorgio is forced to realize just how far he has left his past behind.
Director: Daniele Vicari
Cast: Elio Germano, Michele Riondino, Chiara Caselli, Valentina Lodovini, Marco Baliani, Daniela Poggi, María Jurado, Romina Carrisi Power, Federico Pacifici, Antonio Gerardi
Antonio is eighteen years old and on the cusp of adulthood. His father, a brilliant mathematician, hasn’t played a large part in his life since divorcing Antonio’s mother but when Antonio is diagnosed with epilepsy, they travel to Marseille to visit a doctor who may hold the hope for an effective treatment. It is there, in a foreign city, under strained circumstances, that they will get to know each other and connect for the first time.
A beautiful, gritty, and charming port city where French old-world charm meets modern bohemia, father and son stroll the streets sharing strained small talk. But as the hours pass and day gives way to night, the two find themselves caught in a series of caffeine-imbued adventures involving unexpected people (and unforeseen trysts) that connect father and son for the first time.
As the two discuss poetry, family, sex, math, death, and dreams, their experience becomes a mesmerizing 48-hour microcosm of a lifetime relationship. Both learn much about illusions and regret, about talent and redemption, and, most of all, about love.
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 fueled 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.
When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend, the son of a powerful local judge, of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf, and one lawyer after another refuses to represent her. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature, messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of an apparently hopeless cause. Nor can he deny an attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living. Claudia shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.
Counsel for the defense Guido Guerrieri is asked to handle the appeal of Fabio Paolicelli, who has been sentenced to sixteen years for drug smuggling.
The odds are stacked against the accused: not only the fact that he initially confessed to the crime but also his past as a neo-Fascist thug. It is only the intervention of Paolicelli's beautiful half-Japanese wife that finally overcomes Guerrieri's reluctance. Matters are further complicated when Guerrieri ends up in bed with her.
This book is hard-boiled and sun-dried in equal parts. Where Philip Marlowe would be knocking back bourbon and listening to the snap of fist on jaw, Guerrieri prefers Sicilian wine and Leonard Cohen. The local color is complemented by snappy legal procedural writing which sends the reader tumbling through the clockwork of a tightly wound plot.
Can Guido Guerrieri find new evidence to force the police to reopen their investigation into the disappearance of Manuela, the daughter of a rich couple living in Bari? The stories of Manuela's friends don't add up and her best friend, Caterina, too beautiful and too young for Guerrieri, is a temptation he doesn't need.
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."
One spring afternoon, defense attorney Guerrieri is confronted with an unexpected specter from his past. In her youth, Lorenza had been a beautiful and unpredictable girl with dazzling charm. A changed woman faces him in his office that day. The ensuing years have ravaged her appearance and embittered her mind.
As if that weren’t enough, her son Jacopo, a small-time delinquent, stands convicted of the first-degree murder of a local drug dealer. Her trial lawyer has died, so, for the appeal, she turns to Guerrieri as her last hope. Guido is not convinced of the innocence of Lorenza’s son, nor does he have fond memories of the way their relationship ended two decades earlier.
Nevertheless, he accepts the case; perhaps to pay a melancholy homage to the ghosts of his youth. His old friend Carmelo Tancredi, a retired police inspector, and his girlfriend, the charming investigator Annapaola Doria are once again by his side. A masterful, compassionate novel, striking a balance between a straightforward trial story –some say the purest distillation of human experience – and the sad notes of time as it passes and exhausts itself.
In Carlotto's The Campagna Trail, Inspector Campagna uses an old friendship with notorious drug dealer Roby Pizzo in a Machiavellian attempt to keep the peace. But when an interfering new police chief demands Campagna bring down the Mafioso who heads Pizzoâ??s gang, Campagna must use every weapon he has to save his job â?? and his life.
Meanwhile in Carofiglio's The Speed of an Angel, a writer in crisis strikes up an unlikely friendship with a mysterious woman he meets in a quiet seaside cafe. As their conversations deepen, and their obsessions darken, their drug-fuelled relationship begins to spiral, in this haunting tale of damnation and redemption.
Finally in De Cataldo's The White Powder Dance, the city police are put on the trail of a baby-faced new graduate in the Milanese banking sector. As the pursuit accelerates through back streets and skyscrapers, it becomes clear that there is more to organised crime than getting your hands dirty.
The summer of 1992 had been exceptionally cold in southern Italy. But that’s not the reason why it is still remembered.
On May 23, 1992, a roadside explosion killed the Palermo judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three police officers. A few weeks later judge Paolo Borsellino and five police officers were killed in the center of Palermo. These anti-mafia judges became heroes but the violence spread to the region of Bari in Puglia, where we meet a new, memorable character, Maresciallo Pietro Fenoglio, an officer of the Italian Carabinieri.
Fenoglio, recently abandoned by his wife, must simultaneously deal with his personal crisis and the new gang wars raging around Bari. The police are stymied until a gang member, accused of killing a child, decides to collaborate, revealing the inner workings and the rules governing organized crime in the area.