Three very short novellas about honest judges. Camilleri’s story is about a clueless northerner who comes to Sicily as a magistrate at the time of the Italian unification and who is completely oblivious to the local mafia, and seems to have no clue that challenging the local mafia boss might be hazardous.

Lucarelli tells the story of a young woman judge investigating a financial crime who inadvertently kicks a hornet’s nest, putting herself in grave danger.

Finally, De Cataldo tells the story of the corrupt vs. the incorruptible: an upright judge and a chronic schemer, enemies since grade school, and engaged in a set of fierce legal battles.

All very lightweight, easily read in an hour or so.



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