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'Crime writing of the highest order' GUARDIAN
'Donna Leon has been giving unto us for all of the thirty years since Death at La Fenice introduced us to Brunetti' Val McDermid
The gifted Venetian detective returns in his 31st case - this time, investigating the Janus-faced nature of yet another Italian institution. Brunetti will have to once again face the blurred line that runs between the criminal and the non-criminal, bending police rules, and his own character, to help an acquaintance in danger.
'Both tremendously enjoyable and deeply humane' JESSIE GREENGRASS, Costa-shortlisted author of The High House
'Leon's elegant, witty prose . . . is a joy' AMANDA CRAIG
The specter of Covid-19 hangs over Venice in bestseller Leon's low-key 31st outing for Italian police detective Guido Brunetti (after 2021's Transient Desires). Well-to-do Elisabetta Foscarini, who was a neighbor of Brunetti when they were teenagers, is concerned about her daughter, Flora, a veterinarian. Flora's accountant husband, Enrico Fenzo, has been acting strangely, and Signora Foscarini fears "he's doing something bad." Rather than suggesting she hire a private investigator, Brunetti agrees to break the rules and put his career in jeopardy to help her. At first, Brunetti suspects one of Enrico's clients may be threatening him in some way. When Flora's veterinary clinic is vandalized, the case begins inching in a more sinister direction. The usual snippets of history, philosophical musings, and clear-eyed comments on Italian behavior and culture, plus talk of flagging tourism and closing businesses, help compensate for the pallid plot, in which the only bloodshed is a big dog tearing off the ear of a little dog at the vet clinic. Established fans will enjoy spending time with the charming Brunetti, but this isn't the place to start for newcomers. Agent: Susanne Bauknecht, Diogenes Verlag (Switzerland).