Transient Desires (Hardback)
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Forced to rely on the expertise of others, the thirtieth compelling Brunetti mystery finds the brilliant Commissario out of his depth as sinister activities are exposed in the Laguna.

In his many years as a Commissario, Guido Brunetti has seen all manner of crime and known intuitively how to navigate the various pathways in his native Venice to discover the person responsible. Now, in the thirtieth novel in Donna Leon's masterful series, he faces a heinous crime committed outside his jurisdiction.

He is drawn in innocently enough: two young American women have been badly injured in a boating accident, joy riding in the Laguna with two young Italians. However, Brunetti's curiosity is aroused by the behaviour of the young men, who abandoned the victims after taking them to the hospital. If the injuries were the result of an accident, why did they want to avoid association with it?

As Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, investigate the incident, they discover that one of the young men works for a man rumoured to be involved in more sinister night-time activities in the Laguna. To get to the bottom of what proves to be a gut-wrenching case, Brunetti needs to enlist the help of both the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Costiera. Determining how much trust he and Griffoni can put in these unfamiliar colleagues adds to the difficulty of solving a peculiarly horrible crime whose perpetrators are technologically brilliant and ruthlessly organised.

Donna Leon's thirtieth Brunetti novel is as powerful as any she has written, testing Brunetti to his limits, forcing him to listen very carefully for the truth.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781785152610
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 28 mm


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'The climax is nothing less than a trip - across the laguna - into the heart of darkness. The mystery is intriguing, but following the progress of Brunetti via canal and calle provides the real pleasure ...It's as if you're there, the wind in your face, the baroque splendour of La Serenissima all around ...The city, in Donna Leon's novel, is as much a character as Guido and his family...Over the years - Transient Desires is the 30th novel in the series - the reader has come to love them ...Leon has never overlooked the uglinesses that disfigure her adoptive Italy ... Leon's special skill is to splice glimpses of la dolce vita with acute analysis of moral and ethical dilemmas ...The series that has shadowed Brunetti for three decades is an epic achievement - in its own way quite the equal of Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time.' - Mark Sanderson, The Times

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“Crime in Venice”

family-dynamics, friendship, law-enforcement, Venice, eco-awareness, international-crime-and-mystery*****

I have been intermittently reading some of the Brunetti mysteries and always find them fascinating, but not... More

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“Simply the best!”

Having read the Brunetti books for many, many years I always look forward to the next installment and once again I'm not disappointed In this Brunetti's 30th outing we continue to see a Brunetti who has... More

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“One of the best”

When Brunetti reads a story in the paper about two badly injured American women, left outside the hospital, he is curious. Together with his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, he looks into why they were abandoned and who... More

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