Donna Leon

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Donna Leon’s critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti series has attracted readers the world over with the beauty of its setting, the humanity of its characters, and its fearlessness in exploring politics, morality, and contemporary Italian culture. In the pages of Leon’s novels, the beloved conversations of the Brunetti family have drawn on topics of art and literature, but books are at the heart of this novel in a way they never have been before.One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: the culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem—the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn’t exist.As the investigation proceeds, the suspects multiply. And when a seemingly harmless theologian, who had spent years reading at the library turns up brutally murdered, Brunetti must question his expectations about what makes a man innocent, or guilty.
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236 printed pages
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    Николай Зубовshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
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    Just another great book. It gives you a sense of living in Venice, not just going there for a trip. And it's a great read anyway.


    Николай Зубовhas quoted4 years ago
    Conte Orazio Falier stood by the window, looking across at Palazzo Malipiero Cappello; Contessa Donatella sat on the sofa, a glass of prosecco in her hand. Brunetti knew it was prosecco because the Conte had once delivered an attack on French wines, saying he wouldn’t have them in the house. Furthermore, his vineyards in Friuli produced one of the best proseccos in the region, which Brunetti had to confess was better than much of the champagne he’d tasted.

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