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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 twenty-ninth 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
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Produktbeschreibung
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 twenty-ninth 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 worked in the field collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice's water supply and that he had 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 realize 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's 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.

  • Produktdetails
  • Commissario Brunetti 29
  • Verlag: Random House Uk; Arrow
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 264970, 751779
  • Seitenzahl: 278
  • Erscheinungstermin: 24. September 2020
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 177mm x 112mm x 27mm
  • Gewicht: 158g
  • ISBN-13: 9781787465138
  • ISBN-10: 1787465136
  • Artikelnr.: 58617505
Autorenporträt
Die Erfinderin des "Vendig-Krimis" wurde 1942 in New Jersey geboren. Schon immer schien sie das Fernweh anzutreiben. Als sie 1965 mit einer Freundin auf Italienreise war, beschloss sie, Amerika den Rücken zu kehren und in Perugia und Siena zu studieren. Donna Leon lebt seit dieser Zeit ständig im Ausland. Zunächst arbeitete sie als Reiseleiterin in Rom und als Werbetexterin in London. Später unterrichtete sie an amerikanischen Schulen in der Schweiz, im Iran, in China und in Saudi-Arabien. 1981 beendete sie ihr Nomadenleben und ließ sich in Venedig nieder. In Vicenza hat sie eine Professur für Englische und Amerikanische Literatur inne. Den Auftakt zur legendären Brunetti-Reihe machte "Venezianisches Finale". Seitdem hat Leon jedes Jahr einen Brunetti-Krimi vorgelegt und den Kommissar zu einer der bekanntesten Kriminalfiguren in der Literatur gemacht. Für die ARD wurden bereits mehrere Folgen u. a. mit Joachim Król erfolgreich verfilmt.

Das meint die buecher.de-Redaktion: Intelligent, engagiert und präzise sind die Krimis von Donna Leon, sie scheut sich nicht davor, auch aktuelle brisante Themen aufzugreifen.
Rezensionen
Donna Leon's appreciation of her adopted city's sublime yet fragile magnificence is as fresh (and invigorating) today as it was when Death at La Fenice was published in 1992. However, her anger at the damage caused by tourism and pollution has grown stronger over the years ... Should anyone still doubt that Leon is a superb novelist, let them consider the scene in which Guido gently questions a woman during the last few minutes of her life. You can feel the tension, fear, horror - and wonder. The Times