The Temptation of Forgiveness (Paperback)Donna Leon (author)
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The danger lurks within in this brilliant labyrinthine novel – the 27th Brunetti mystery. Drawing on Sophocles’ Antigone, it’s a reminder of why Leon is one of the finest living crime writers.
'When she's writing about her beloved Venice, Donna Leon can do no wrong.' - The New York Times
When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife's, who is fearful that her son is using drugs.
A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy's behaviour.
But the truth is not straightforward.
Following various contradictory leads, Brunetti navigates his way through a world of mysterious informants, underground deals and secret longstanding scam networks, all the while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness of Signorina Elettra, Vice-Questore Patta's secretary and gate-keeper.
With Gasparini's condition showing no signs of improvement, and his investigations leading nowhere, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. He turns to Sophocles's Antigone in an attempt to understand the true purpose of justice, and, in its light, he is forced to consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead.
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 223 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
'The Venetian settings are en-chanting and Commissario Guido Brunetti's investigative methods are drolly amusing. But it's the living, bleeding humanity of the characters that makes Donna Leon's police procedurals so engaging ... Tagging along after this sleuth is a wonderful way to see Venice like a native, especially since Leon takes care to give us precise directions for his routes.' - The New York Times Book Review
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“A gem within the world of crime fiction”
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A slight tale as ever, but with sufficient twists to keep the reader engaged. The joy of Donna Leon's stories are the characters and how finely she draws them. As always there are shades of Montlalbano in her yarns
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