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The Past Is a Foreign Country

A Thriller

by Gianrico Carofiglio

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The Past Is a Foreign Country by Gianrico Carofiglio
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  • Published Jul 2010
    288 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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An international bestseller and winner of Italy’s prestigious Premio Bancarella prize - an intense psychological thriller in the vein of The Talented Mr. Ripley. As world-weary Lieutenant Chiti spends sleepless nights hunting for the serial rapist terrorizing his city, trainee lawyer Giorgio is befriended by dangerously charismatic Francesco. Slowly the innocent Giorgio is lured into a corrupt world of beautiful women and casual violence. Then one terrifying night Giorgio is forced to realize just how far he has left his past behind.

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"The intertwining plot lines build to a haunting ending." - Publishers Weekly

"[Carofiglio] heightens the tension by jumping back and forth in time, revealing a little but not enough to allow us to relax. As Francesco plays Giorgio, so Carofiglio plays the reader." - Booklist

"Former Mafia prosecutor Carofiglio... packs enough psychological suspense into this tightly woven tale to satisfy readers who crave another Barbara Vine or yearn for Georges Simenon's non-Maigret novels." - Library Journal

"Given his career, no reader will come to Carofiglio expecting a tortured moral relativism. Right and wrong never blur, but he does show with sympathy how isolation and insecurity can lead a biddable youngster down into the dark. ... If his prosecutions begin to match his prose, then the capi of Italian crime have had plenty to worry about of late." - The Independent (UK)

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Gianrico Carofiglio Author Biography

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Gianrico Carofiglio's books have sold more than five million copies in Italy and have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He is an incredibly charismatic author, having worked for many years as a prosecutor and judge specializing in organized crime and, later, as an Italian senator. He speaks fluent English and his last book was turned into a popular Italian television series.

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