Judges by Andrea Camilleri ,Carlo Lucarelli and Giancarlo de Cataldo
Italian novella collection
Original tile Giudici
Camerlli – Joesph Farrell
Lucarelli – Alan Thawley
Cataldo – Eileen Horne
Source – review copy
The judge turned around the room .At one table four men were seated,one with a beret and two with hats .A stocky fifty-year-old man ,with fair skin and reddish hair , rose to his feet , removed his hat and said “accept it as a gesture of welcome ”
Judge Surra has just arrive and is greeted by some gifts from Don Nene Lonero
This is the second collection of novellas from Italy Maclehose press has brought out the first was Outsiders ,this is called judges and is the first I have reviewed ,I have read two of the writers in the collection before Andrea Camilleri and Carlo lucarelli .The third writer in this collection sounds like an intersting writer as he was a former Italian Magistrate ,turned writer and screenwriter ,he is also a judge on the Italian tv show masterpiece ,which is like an X factor for writers .
While Ferro was fifty-six but looked older ,the Bambina was thirty but looked younger .He knew how old she was because she had told him as soon as she got into the car – “Wish me many happy returns ,today’s my birthday .Born in 1950 ,I’m an old woman now !”
La Bambina looks so young to the older judges
Judges are three novellas ,each about a different Judge in Italy ,also at different times .Camilleri story Judge Surra , we meet a Judge Surra ,a Sicilian based judge that has just moved to a small town ,he is greeted by a collection of strange welcoming gifts ,he has travelled from the north of Italy just after Italy became Italy ,the gifts are from the brotherhood (the Mafia before it was the Mafia !) ,but unperturbed he takes them on his first trial in Scilly,oh and of course there is some food involved in this book it is Camilleri .Lucarelli’s story La Bambina ,which follows a young female judge ,who due to getting caught in the complex crimeworld of Bologna and the violence involved in this world ,gets caught up in the violence and has to go into hiding with a bodyguard .The last story by Cataldo The triple dream of the prosecutor ,follows the battle with a Judge well prosecutor mandati and the mayor of Novere ,whom for years have been at one another ,but when the Mayor suddenly starts becoming the target for a killer ,is some one trying to kill the mayor or are the judges dream starting to come true !
Even better , a triple dream .It was March 18 .And as the headline of the Novere echo said ,The may Berazzi-pedrico is preparing to fight his umpteenth battle with the prosecutor Mandati .
dreams are actually instructive .Because not even in dreams can you get away from the law .
I choose this quote from the end of the triple dream of the prosecutor because march 18th is one of my favourite days .
This collection brings together the cream of Italian crime writers ,each adding a novella related to being a judge in Italy from the very first days of Italy and even then tackling the earliest beginnings of the mafia ,to the torrid and violent days of the late 1970’s and 80’s in Italy ,a time I vaguely remember seeing in the news as a young boy as we saw criminals in plastic cages or actual cages to protect the judges and the criminals .Then to the age-old struggle between the Judge and the authorities between power and money .This collection is prefect as a taster of Italian crime fiction or if like me you are a fan it is a great way to find one new writer Cataldo is a new name to me and after this I will be reading one of his full length novels .
Have you a favourite Italian crime writers !