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As Venice experiences a heatwave, Commissario Brunetti prepares to escape the city. For Ispettore Vianello, however, the weather is the last thing on his mind; it appears his aunt has been withdrawing large amounts of money from the family business. Not knowing what to do, he consults Brunetti and asks permission to trail her. This ‘unofficial’ investigation leads them to the flat of Stefano Gorini. But who is this man? And why is Vianello’s aunt giving him large amounts of money?
Meanwhile, Brunetti is made aware that discrepancies have been occurring at the Courthouse involving Judge Luisa Coltellini and Araldo Fontana, an usher with a flawless track record. When news surfaces that Araldo Fontana has been
murdered in a violent attack, Brunetti heads up the investigation – why would someone want a good man dead, and what might his death have to do with the discrepancies at the Courthouse?.
Donna Leon delivers her usual flawless performance. Her knowledge and love of Venice shines through, and her Commissario Brunetti is as believable and empathetic as ever. Another joy!
As reviewed by Chris Bilkey in the May 2010 Booktopia Crime Buzz. Click here to see all of Booktopia's Newsletters.
The new novel from Donna Leon, the Sunday Times bestselling author of About Face
As Venice experiences a debilitating heatwave, Commissario Brunetti prepares to escape the city and spend time with his family in the mountains. However, the weather is the last thing on Ispettore Vianello’s mind; it seems his aunt has become obsessed with horoscopes and has been withdrawing large amounts of money from the family business. Not knowing what to do, he consults Brunetti and asks permission to unofficially trail her, which leads to the flat of Stefano Gorini. But who is this man? And why is Vianello’s aunt giving him large amounts of money?
About The Author
Donna Leon has lived in Venice for many years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; recently Friends in High Places won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction.
“Masterful. . . . Brunetti patiently untangles a sordid skein of desires warped, trusts abused, and loves distorted into depravity. As one good man who still believes in the rule of law despite his disgust at Italy’s mounting corruption, Brunetti allows readers to share his belief that decency and honesty can, for a little while, stave off the angst of the modern world.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Leon’s many fans love this series for the Venetian setting, the complex family dynamics, and the hero’s mix of melancholy and compassion, and this nineteenth installment, they get all of the above.” —Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)
“Brunetti is a marvel: smart, cultured, and dedicated to his work.” —The Washington Post
“Fast-paced, with a strong cast and a powerful look at Venice and its local government.” —Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette
"Brunetti is sweltering in a summertime Venice overrun with tourists. He's dreaming of a family vacation in the mountains, but before he can leave, two investigations, begun as favors for friends, reveal unsavory criminal activity--and his family leaves without him. As always, Leon provides wonderful characters and an unforgettable ending. This latest is a treasure." —Anne McMahon, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Series: Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery Ser.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 3rd May 2010
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.0 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.29