Italy (Sellerio) – Le perfezioni provvisorie
Gianrico Carofiglio
Le perfezioni provvisorie (Temporary Perfections)
A Guido Guerrieri novel, Sellerio 2010, 336 pages

Premio Selezione Campiello 2010

“Guerrieri is a wonderfully convincing character.”
The Times

“A first-rate thriller, stylish, witty and suspenseful.”
Kathy Reichs

The fourth novel by international bestselling writer Gianrico Carofiglio featuring defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri. 

An instant cultural sensation and number-one bestseller, Temporary Perfections features Guido Guerrieri, a defense lawyer practicing in the Italian city of Bari, the capital of Italy’s heel. Guerrieri is hired by an old colleague to take on a missing-persons case that the police have failed to solve: that of Manuela Ferraro, a university student who disappeared six months earlier after spending a September weekend at a beach resort. As Guerrieri digs deeper into Manuela’s life, he stumbles into a sinister drug ring and the real truth about why she vanished. Deeply thoughtful and highly suspenseful, Temporary Perfections is literary crime fiction at its best.

Gianrico Carofiglio

Gianrico Carofiglio was born in Bari and has 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 a senator from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of the novels featuring the character of the defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri: Testimone inconsapevole (Involuntary Witness, 2002), Ad occhi chiusi (A Walk in the Dark, 2003, Best International Noir of the year 2007 in Germany), Ragionevoli dubbi (Reasonable Doubts, 2006), Le perfezioni provvisorie (Temporary Perfections, 2010, Premio Selezione Campiello), La regola dell’equilibrio (A Fine Line, 2014), La misura del tempo (The Measure of Time, 2019, Premio Strega 2020 finalist). Officer of the Carabinieri Pietro Fenoglio is the protagonist of another series of novels: Una mutevole verità (A Shifting Truth, 2014, Premio Scerbanenco), L’estate fredda (The Cold Summer, 2016), La versione di Fenoglio (Fenoglio’s Version, 2019).
Among his fiction works: Il passato è una terra straniera (The Past is a Foreign Land, 2004, Premio Bancarella 2005), adapted into an internationally awarded film, Né qui né altrove (Neither Here Nor Elsewhere. A Night in Bari, 2009), Non esiste saggezza (There is No Wisdom, 2010, 2020), Il silenzio dell’onda (The Silence of the Wave, 2011, finalist for Premio Strega 2012), Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose (The Vertiginous Edge of Things, 2013), La casa nel bosco (The House in the Woods, 2014), written with his brother Francesco, Passeggeri notturni (Night Passengers, 2016), Le tre del mattino (Three O’Clock in the Morning, 2017), La disciplina di Penelope (Penelope’s Discipline, 2021) and Rancore (Resentment, 2022). Among his non-fiction books: La manomissione delle parole (Manumitting Words, 2010), Con parole precise (With exact words, 2015), Con i piedi nel fango (Feet in the Mud, 2018), Della gentilezza e del coraggio (On Kindness and Courage, 2020), La nuova manomissione delle parole (2021) and L’ora del caffè (Coffe Time, 2022). Many titles are also audiobooks, read by the author. In 2020 was released L’avvocato Guerrieri, Gianrico Carofiglio’s first audio-series. He has a podcast with his daughter Giorgia, called Coffee for Two. Gianrico Carofiglio’s multi-award winner and best selling books are translated into 27 languages worldwide.

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Guido Guerrieri novels

Pietro Fenoglio novels

Penelope Spada novels


Short stories collections


“Guerrieri is a wonderfully convincing character.”
The Times

“A first-rate thriller, stylish, witty and suspenseful.”
Kathy Reichs

“Carofiglio writes crisp, ironical novels that are as much love stories and philosophical treatises as they are legal thrillers.”
The New Yorker

“Guido Guerrieri is wonderful company on late-night walks through the city of Bari, Italy, brooding on lost loves and misspent lives.”
The New York Times

“A captivating, intellectual novel.”
The Washington Post

“Carofiglio’s insights into human nature—good and bad—are breathtaking.”
Jeffery Deaver

“Guerrieri could have just gotten off an Alitalia flight from the land of Grisham or the Los Angeles of Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer. Sharp writing will keep readers turning the pages.”
Publishers Weekly

“Wonderfully malinconic and amusing at the same time.”

“The ruthless reconstruction of a world betrayed by hope makes this novel, disguised as a thriller, a useful document to understand without prejudice a restless age like ours.”
Corriere della Sera

“There are wisdom and clarity of writing, ability to create compelling storylines. There are skill in depiction of the characters, attention to the environment around them. And, there is the deep humanity of the lawyer.”
Il Sole 24 Ore

Foreign rights sold in
Czech Republic: Host
Denmark: HR Ferdinand
France: Seuil
Germany: Goldmann
The Netherlands: Prometheus
Poland: WAB Foksal
Portugal: Porto Editora
Spain: Esfera de los Libros
UK: Bitter Lemon Press
US: Rizzoli International

Italian and international editions

Foreign publishers of Gianrico Carofiglio’s works
Albania: Fjala
Argentina: El Ateneo
Australia and New Zealand: Text Publishing
Austria: Folio Verlag
Bosnia: Buybook
Brazil: Editora Jaboticaba
Czech Republic: Host
Denmark: HR Ferdinand
Ethiopia: Soomaalyia
Finland: Kustannus Moreeni
France: Payot e Rivages, Seuil, Slatkine
Germany: Goldmann, Folio Verlag, Scoventa
Greece: Alexandria, Modern Times
Israel: Achuzat Bayit Books
Japan: Bungei ShunJu
Kenya: Soomaalyia
Lithuania: Homo liber
Mexico: Urano
The Netherlands: Prometheus
Poland: W.A.B. Foksal
Portugal: Porto Editora
Romania: Leda
Russia: Inostranka
Serbia: Clio Publishing
Somalia: Soomaalyia
Spain (Castilian): Urano, La Esfera de los Libros, Anagrama
Spain (Catalan): Edicions 62
Sweden: Schibsted, Forum
Switzerland (French): Slatkine
Tanzania: Soomaalyia
Turkey: Neden Kitap
Uganda: Soomaalyia
UK: Bitter Lemon Press, Old Street Publishing
US: Thomas Dunne, Rizzoli International
Vietnam: Nhã Nam

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