Temporary Perfections
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Temporary Perfections

Translated from the original Italian by Antony Shugaar
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

It all began with an unusual assignment, a job better suited for Marlowe than for counsel for the defence Guido Guerrieri. Could he find new evidence to force the police to reopen their investigation about the disappearance of Manuela, the daughter of a rich couple living in Bari? The stories of Manuela’s druggy university friends don’t quite add up. Her best friend, Caterina, too beautiful and certainly too young for Guerrieri, is a temptation he doesn’t need. While the investigation proceeds, Guido fights his loneliness by talking to the punching bag hanging in his living-room and by walking the streets of Bari late at night, often visiting a colourful bar owned by a former client and ex-prostitute. She somehow provides the clue that explains Manuela’s disappearance.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Gianrico
Carofiglio

Gianrico Carofiglio is one of Italy’s bestselling authors. He was an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, a port on the coast of Puglia. He has been involved with trials concerning corruption, organized crime and the traffic in human beings. He is now a member of the Italian Senate.

Gianrico Carofiglio is one of Italy’s bestselling authors. He was an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, a port on the coast of Puglia. He has been involved with trials concerning corruption, organized crime and the traffic in human beings. He is now a member of the Italian Senate.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Antony
Shugaar

Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator from Italian and French. He’s translated dozens of articles for the New York Review of Books and close to forty novels for Europa Editions. He has translated many novels that were awarded Italy’s highest literary award, the Strega Prize (the 2011 winner, Edoardo Nesi’s Story of My People,  Resistance Is Futile, by Walter Siti [2013], Francesco Piccolo’s Wanna Be Like Everyone [2104], Ferocity, by Nicola Lagioia [2015], and the 2016 winner, The Catholic School, by Edoardo Albinati).

Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator from Italian and French. He’s translated dozens of articles for the New York Review of Books and close to forty novels for Europa Editions. He has translated many novels that were awarded Italy’s highest literary award, the Strega Prize (the 2011 winner, Edoardo Nesi’s Story of My People,  Resistance Is Futile, by Walter Siti [2013], Francesco Piccolo’s Wanna Be Like Everyone [2104], Ferocity, by Nicola Lagioia [2015], and the 2016 winner, The Catholic School, by Edoardo Albinati).

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

An electrifying crime thriller at once thoughtful and suspenseful.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/09/2011
Country
Italy
Original Language
Italian
Publisher
Bitter Lemon Press
Translator
Antony Shugaar
Translation
Translated from the original Italian by Antony Shugaar

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