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A noble radiance
Donna Leon
Adult Fiction LEON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Providing insight into Venetian society through the lens of a gripping intellectual mystery, this atmospheric tale from Leon (Uniform Justice, etc.) finds Inspector Guido Brunetti investigating an aristocratic family with a shady past. When a rural landowner discovers the body of Roberto Lorenzoni, who was kidnapped two years earlier, Brunetti immediately suspects the victim's family. The Lorenzoni clan bears the legacy of betraying the Jews of Venice during World War II, and from these ashes, its members have created a thriving enterprise. Roberto's cousin Maurizio, who's next in line to inherit the family fortune and business, is the logical suspect, but Brunetti senses something more insidious at play. As he works his way through Italian three-course meals and family crises, he uncovers disturbing details about the Lorenzoni family. Leon deftly depicts the tensions between Brunetti and his ambitious Sicilian boss, as well as the irony of the justice system ("Imprisoned parricides receive fan mail; officialdom and Mafia dance hand in hand toward the ruin of the state"). Brunetti emerges as an intelligent, somewhat world-weary individual who believes in his cause if not the system itself. In short, he's the ideal protagonist for this culturally rich mystery. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This stylish Mediterranean mystery begins when a skull punctured by a bullet hole is unearthed at a remote Italian estate. Commissario Guido Brunetti becomes involved when the victim's ring identifies him as the kidnapped son of a Viennese aristocrat. Guido's case leads him through a stunning web of deceit to a murder quite different from anything he (or the listener) had anticipated. Narrator Samuel Gillies easily portrays Leon's well-developed characters and effortlessly handles the occasional Italian language chores. His playfully serious delivery is appropriate and very enjoyable; listeners will be delighted with this work. Highly recommended.-Ray Vignovich, West Des Moines P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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