Gianrico Carofiglio is one of Italy's bestselling authors. He was previously a member of the Italian Senate and before that, an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, a port on the coast of Puglia. He has been involved with trials concerning corruption, organised crime and the traffic in human beings. He has written a number of highly acclaimed crime novels and other literary fiction.
KIRKUS: Carofiglio's engaging main character. Fenoglio is a sensitive, polished figure who has managed to keep his idealism intact in a career meant to break it; he is as comfortable philosophizing as he is citing the public safety code. When he recalls a joke about a drunkard searching for his keys under a streetlight rather than in the dark street where he lost them, he realizes his search is failing for the same reason: "We look where it's light, even though that's exactly how not to solve the problem. Solving this case, Carofiglio shows us, requires a leap into the darkness.
PW: This is sure to win Carofiglio, a former prosecutor who specialized in organized crime, a wider U.S. audience.CrimeTime: Who better to tell you how the Mafia works than the man who in real life was an Italian prosecutor and advisor to the government's anti-MafiaCommittee? This at times meditative book teaches us much about gangland's childish rituals and Italian police procedure but still racks up some tension before its realistic conclusion. It's a book for adult readers, about gangsters who are little more than viscously bad boys.
Praise for Carofiglio:"The author occupies a niche similar to Erle Stanley Gardner and John Grisham. The genre is flourishing and Carofiglio has endowed his hero with a discriminating taste for good food, but none of their relish for brutality. Violence is kept at arm's length." Times Literary Supplement