Here's Guerrieri on his profession, that of a lawyer, or avvocato:
- "[I]n my office, the routine went as follows: my secretary called me, in the presence of the person who urgently needed to see a lawyer. If I was busy -- for example, with another client -- I made them wait until I was finished.
"If I was not busy, as on that afternoon, I made them wait all the same."
- "People think that lawyers often have important meetings."
- On a previous client, "a drug pusher for whom I had managed to negotiate a disgracefully light sentence."
For several months I lived a wild life ... I kept outlandish company, went to fatuous parties, drank too much, smoked too much and all that."He can't bring himself to say the word psychiatrist, yet he persuades himself to visit one, who tells him:
"I must try to find distractions. I must avoid dwelling on myself. I must attempt to see the positive side of things and avoid thinking there was no way out of my situation. I must hand over 300,000 lire, there was no question of a receipt, and we'd meed in two months time for a check-up."If that's not enough, when you see what Guerrieri does with the drugs the psychiatrist prescribes, you'll realize that has to be one of crime fiction's saner and more level-headed protagonists.
© Peter Rozovsky 2011