The Past Is a Foreign Country: A Thriller
by Gianrico Carofiglio
Cover Artist: Amateur Philosophers by Jack Vettriano 1992.
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312383961
Date: 20 July 2010 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
During the late eighties, Giorgio Cipriani is a twenty-two-year-old law student in Bari, Italy. He develops an unlikely friendship with the ne'er-do-well Francesco Carducci who is a philosophy major. The suave, handsome Francesco quickly seduces Giorgio into a glamorous, sensual life of crime. Together, they play poker and swindle their opponents out of small fortunes. Eventually, Giorgio forsakes law school and his obsession with Francesco causes him to descend into the depraved depths of cocaine trafficking and sexual perversion. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Chiti, the head of a task force, is trying to identify a serial rapist who is terrorizing Bari. From official release/information:
Product Description: 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.
(Source: Minotaur Books)