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Drawing Conclusions: (Brunetti 20)


Drawing Conclusions: (Brunetti 20)

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    Donna Leon(Author)
A young woman returns from holiday to find her elderly neighbour dead on the floor. A heart attack seems the likely cause, but Commissario Brunetti is not so sure and decides to take a closer look. Soon he discovers that she was part of an organization that cares for abused women and that her apartment was a safe-house.

Convinced that this is the lead he has been looking for, Brunetti begins his search for answers. But as he sets out to discover the truth behind her death, he is drawn into a decades-old story of lies and deceit that has blighted love and ruined lives - and has claimed this innocent woman as its newest victim. Brunetti's investigation takes him deep into the dark heart of his beloved Venice.

"[Leon's] portrait of Venice and modern Italy is, as always, captivating...The lively conversations between...characters, displaying Leon's sly humour, are a delight." (Evening Standard)"With characteristic skill, Leon draws together multiple threads and a well-rounded cast ... With the steady, unsentimental style that has become her signature, Donna Leon keeps us hesitating until the last corner is turned." (Times Literary Supplement)"Leon's clear-eyed descriptions of Venice still make you long to return to the calles and campos of the floating city." (Sunday Telegraph)"More elegant, understated crime fighting from the mistress of La Serinissima...A welcome return to the comfortable characters and locations that her fans have come to love." (Independent)"[Leon] is a master at weaselling her way into the venal byways of human selfishness and laying them bare. ... There's a quietness to the crimes here that is more powerful than outlandish violence, and which points to the philosophical bedrock from which Leon so effectively works." (Scottish Sunday Herald)

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Donna Leon(Author)
  • Arrow (1 Mar. 2012)
  • English
  • 9
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
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  • By A. McGuire on 23 April 2011

    An old woman is found dead; it appears to be natural causes - a heart attack; except there are a few marks on the corpse which aren't absolutely consonant with that verdict. Brunetti can't ignore them, and is led into an investigation which leads to a dreadful evil behind the death.If you want thrills and fast action, look elsewhere. To do that, though, would be a shame, because the way Leon tells the story exactly parallels the nature of the crime and the evil: they're hidden things, things society would sooner ignore, things which require careful vision to see.So the investigation unfolds gently, slowly and not always obviously; yet always inexorably, until we are brought, with Brunetti, to the truth, and the central evil of the book.It would be a shame if a writer of Donna Leon's class were condemned to write variations on a theme, as so many crime writers do. Each of her books has a different register; she is ready to try new ways of writing and unfolding a plot. And that means, inevitably, that not every one of her fans will like each book. Yet, to me at least, this one is a gem: understated but vital, and never after effect for the sake of effect. So what if Patta et al take a back seat? That's what this story requires, so that's how Leon writes it.Ignore the nay-sayers and see for yourself...

  • By redwards on 29 July 2017

    I have been on a bit of a Brunetti catch-up recently. There is a lot of comfort to be had from following a character such as his - both he, his family & his colleagues are old friends & the Venetian background is constantly appealing. I don't know how many coffees I have shared with Brunetti & Vianello - more certainly than I have shared in Paola's meals: & although writings these passages in such detail must really count as money for old rope, the books would lose a good deal of their appeal without them. It has become increasingly common in the modern detective novel for the lead character to be able to lean on an internet guru to unlock all sorts of secrets that dear Agatha Christie's characters would have to work very hard to detect. It almost feels like cheating on the part of the author & this may account for her approach to the fragrant Elletra who cheerfully breaks every law & privacy barrier to lay uncontestable facts before Brunetti thus saving him untold hours of leg work. The relationship between the two is wrapped in an elliptical style of conversation that excuse both from any blame. How the two of them can continue to outwit Patta is putting a strain on the credibility of the series. I have found (on French TV) a series of (German made) episodes based on the books. It takes certain liberties with the characters - Vianello is presented as a rather clownish character for which there is no warrant in the books themselves; but I quite buy in to the way Brunetti & Patta are presented. Elletra on the other hand is altogether too fluffy - the sheer genius of the woman is not properly captured. I have chosen this book to review as (as will be evident from the foregoing) something as a representative sample: but its particular merit for me lies in the poignancy of its ending. To say more would be to spoil the pleasure of the next reader: but those who do not know Brunetti already might do worse than to begin with this book. I have recently given a couple of the books to an Italian friend: who had not seen the TV series or even heard of Brunetti. In bringing the character to his attention I felt impelled to ask whether the average Italian is as impressed by the old Italian aristocracy as Donna Lyon appears to be. He thought NOT. Maybe it is a Venetian thing - my friend is from Torino. However I await his considered views when next we meet.

  • By Rats Chandler on 28 April 2017

    I am reading through the Brunetti Books

  • By Robert Wybrow on 3 May 2017

    The item arrived on time and in excellent condition, plus sometimes a useful bookmark - a nice touch.

  • By JOHN OLEARY on 18 August 2017

    DVD delivered on time and in perfect condition. Grateful to ARCO CELESTE for their professionalism and courtesy. Thank you.

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