The first of six novels in the Guido Guerrieri series by retired Italian anti-Mafia prosecutor Gianrico Carofiglio.
A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, counsel for the defence, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. More than a perfectly paced legal thriller, this relentless suspense novel is also a powerful attack on racism, a fascinating insight into the Italian judicial process and an affectionate portrait of a deeply humane hero.
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