Involuntary Witness

Involuntary Witness

eBook - 2011
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A boy is found murdered in a well near a beach resort. A Senegalese peddler is accused in a hopeless case soaked in small town racism. The Italian judicial process revealed and an affectionate portrait of a deeply humane hero.
Publisher: London : Bitter Lemon, 2011
ISBN: 9781904738756
1904738753
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Creagh, Patrick

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ctpete
Jun 05, 2016

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.

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CB2295
Jan 09, 2012

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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