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Gianrico Carofiglio

Gianrico Carofiglio is an award-winning, best-selling novelist. Born in Bari in 1961, he worked for many years as a prosecutor specializing in organized crime. He was appointed advisor of the anti-Mafia committee in the Italian parliament in 2007 and served as senator from 2008 to 2013. 

Carofiglio is best known for the Guido Guerrieri crime series.  Involuntary WitnessA Walk in the DarkReasonable Doubts and Temporary Perfections were all published by Bitter Lemon Press, and translated by Howard Curtis. His other novels include The Past Is a Foreign Country. Carofiglio's books have sold more than four million copies in Italy and have been translated into twenty-four languages worldwide. 

The novels in Carofiglio's Guido Guerrieri crime series are Bitter Lemon's best selling titles. They have received wide and favourable review coverage and sold over 26,000 copies in the UK. 

Other Carofiglio titles

Temporary Perfections - 'A fine literary achievement: a study of angst and the efforts of a disillusioned hero to find some integrity in a shady world.' Independent 

Walk in the Dark - '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.'  Financial Times

Reasonable Doubts - 'The role of Guerrieri is to take on impossible cases that have little chance of success. His efforts to prove his client’s innocence bring him into dangerous conflict with Mafia interests. Everything a legal thriller should be.' The Times

Involuntary Witness - 'Written with brio, humour and skill. Guerrieri is a lawyer who struggles with his own demons as much as with his stressful caseload. It sometimes feels as though he’s the only honest lawyer in Bari.' Daily Mail 

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Event: Retelling the Italian Noir: Gianrico Carofiglio with François von Hurter and Howard Curtis


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