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    A woman’s cryptic dying words in a Venetian hospice lead Guido Brunetti to uncover a threat to the entire region in Donna Leon’s haunting 29th Brunetti novel.

    When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, waste no time in responding.

    ‘They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no’, Benedetta Toso gasps the words about her recently deceased husband, Vittorio Fadalto. Even though he is not sure she can hear him Brunetti softly promises he and Griffoni will look into what initially appears to be a private family tragedy. They discover that Fadalto had worked in the field collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice’s water supply and that he died in a mysterious motorcycle accident. 

    Distracted briefly by Vice Questore Patta’s obsession with youth crime in Venice, Brunetti is bolstered once more by the remarkable research skills of Patta’s secretary, Signora Elettra Zorzi. Piecing together the tangled threads, in time Brunetti comes to realise the perilous meaning in the woman’s accusation and the threat it reveals to the health of the entire region. But justice in this case proves to be ambiguous, as Brunetti is reminded it can be when, seeking solace, he reads Aeschylus’ classic play The Eumenides

    As she has done so often through her memorable characters and storytelling skill, Donna Leon once again engages our sensibilities as to the differences between guilt and responsibility.

    ©2019 Donna Leon (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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    • 27/12/2020

    Entertaining mystery novel

    Donna Leon describes every apposite detail of the characters making them real people involved in a true crime story. The story appeals to us because of its attachment to realism.

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    • 09/01/2021

    Klassische Donna Leon

    Donna Leon nimmt wieder das Thema der Gesetzlosigkeit auf. Bedauerlicherweise macht sich der Verlag nicht die Mühe, einen Sprecher zu engagieren, der die italienischen Wörter ordentlich ausspricht.