A Fine Line

Number One Bestseller

“A Fine Line is a terrific novel, a legal thriller that is also full of complex mediations on the life of the lawyer and the difficult compromises inherent in any system of criminal justice. A book that is intensely rewarding at many levels.”
Scott Turow

“From legal thriller into the realm of Paul Auster”.
Publishers Weekly

Gianrico Carofiglio’s fifth novel featuring lawyer Guido Guerrieri.

Guido Guerrieri is the most famous lawyer in Italian fiction – a reluctant and ironic moral hero. A success in his profession, with a brilliant career, Guerrieri also has a fragile, melancholy side, which acts as countermelody to his great irony. He lives in a Bari that has never been so enthusiastically portrayed. The city’s striking views – the old center’s little alleys, the wind that blows in from the sea – and its typical characters accurately illustrates the contradiction of southern Italy and the entire country. Guerrieri trains as a boxer in his free time, and guided by a strong sense of justice, he often embarks on apparently impossible causes.

When Judge Larocca becomes the subject of corruption allegations, counsel for the defence Guido 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 to hand for sticky situations, he investigates the judge’s alleged links to the mafia. Annapaola makes sure that the truth is discovered, perhaps not always in the most orthodox way.

This is a suspenseful legal thriller but also a commentary on judicial ethics in Italy and, in the character of Judge Larocca, a penetrating meditation on human nature. 


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Publication date: 11.11.2014
Publisher: Einaudi Stile Libero
Number of Pages: 242
Country: Italy

Editions +
Rregulli i ekuilibrit Fjala
1 October 2017
På kanten af sandheden HR Ferdinand
1 October 2015
Eine Frage der Würde (paperback) Goldmann
20 November 2017
Eine Frage der Würde Goldmann
1 March 2016
La regola dell'equilibrio Corriere della Sera
24 July 2019
La regola dell'equilibrio Einaudi - Super ET
28 May 2018
La regola dell'equilibrio Einaudi - Super ET
24 May 2016
La regola dell'equilibrio la Repubblica
27 July 2015
La regola dell'equilibrio Emons
29 April 2015
La regola dell'equilibrio Mondolibri
1 January 2015
Zasada równowagi W.A.B.
1 October 2015
A Fine Line Bitter Lemon Press
1 April 2016
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