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The Temptation of Forgiveness - Donna Leon

The Temptation of Forgiveness

Paperback Published: 16th April 2018
ISBN: 9781785151965
Number Of Pages: 320

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When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife’s, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman’s husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy’s behaviour. But the truth is not straightforward.

Following various contradictory leads, Brunetti navigates his way through a world of mysterious informants, underground deals and secret longstanding scam networks, all the while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness of Signorina Elettra, Vice-Questore Patta’s secretary and gate-keeper.

With Gasparini’s condition showing no signs of improvement, and his investigations leading nowhere, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. He turns to Sophocles’s Antigone in an attempt to understand the true purpose of justice, and, in its light, he is forced to consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead.

Industry Reviews

"The Venetian settings are en-chanting and Commissario Guido Brunetti's investigative methods are drolly amusing. But it's the living, bleeding humanity of the characters that makes Donna Leon's police procedurals so engaging ... Tagging along after this sleuth is a wonderful way to see Venice like a native, especially since Leon takes care to give us precise directions for his routes." * New York Times Book Review *

Another Comissaro Guido Brunetti case.


Have read & loved all the previous Donna Leon mysteries solved By Commisaro Guido Brunetti & love this one just as much. I look forward to each and everyone of these as you live through the lives of Guido & his family & his absolute love of Venice together with the different characters of his colleagues. There is always a surprising twist to the story. Hope Donna Leon keeps writing these crime stories.



Another great Donna Leon mystery.


It is all good - the author draws you into Venice & her story.

Alice Springs, NT


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ISBN: 9781785151965
ISBN-10: 1785151967
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 16th April 2018
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.35

Donna Leon

About the Author

Donna Leon (born September 29, 1942, in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.

Donna Leon has lived in Venice for over twenty-five years. She has worked as a lecturer in English Literature for the University of Maryland University College - Europe (UMUC-Europe) in Italy, then as a Professor from 1981 to 1999 at the american military base of Vicenza (Italy) and a writer.

Her crime novels are all situated in or near Venice. They are written in English and translated into many foreign languages, although not, by her request, into Italian. Her ninth Brunetti novel, Friends in High Places, won the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger in 2000

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