• Give Unto Others

  • Commissario Brunetti Mysteries, Book 31
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (211 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brunetti is forced to confront the price of loyalty, to his past and in his work, as a seemingly innocent request leads him into troubling waters. 

What role can or should loyalty play in the life of a police inspector? It’s a question Commissario Guido Brunetti must face and ultimately answer in Give Unto Others, Donna Leon’s splendid 31st installment of her acclaimed Venetian crime series. 

Brunetti is approached for a favor by Elisabetta Foscarini, a woman he knows casually, but her mother was good to Brunetti’s mother, so he feels obliged to at least look into the matter privately, and not as official police business. Foscarini’s son-in-law, Enrico Fenzo, has alarmed his wife (her daughter) by confessing their family might be in danger because of something he’s involved with. Since Fenzo is an accountant, Brunetti logically suspects the cause of danger is related to the finances of a client. Yet his clients seem benign: an optician, a restaurateur, a charity established by his father-in-law. However, when his friend’s daughter’s place of work is vandalized, Brunetti asks his own favors - that his colleagues Claudia Griffoni, Lorenzo Vianello, and Signorina Elettra Zorzi assist his private investigation, which soon enough turns official as they uncover the dark and Janus-faced nature of a venerable Italian institution. 

Exploring the wobbly line between the criminal and non-criminal, revealing previously untold elements of Brunetti’s past, Give Unto Others shows that the price of reciprocity can be steep.

©2022 Donna Leon (P)2022 Recorded Books

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All the characters are back in their best form.

Donna Leon is back in good form. This one is worth the time to read.

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A fan disappointed

Painfully slow. I’ve read or listened to all of the Brunetti books and have loved them all…except this one. Very little action or suspense.

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Complex.

Excellent character studies. The mystery is in the human behavior. One of her most interesting.

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Dottoressa Leon continues to inspire

A great study in contrasts - the self reflection and criticism of the good hearted Brunetti vs the self importance and egoism of the people he sometimes deals with. Leon is a writer with no contemporary equal or comparison - a dash of Balzac and a bit of le Carre’s deftness of character

Long live Brunetti & Paola .. the divine signorina Elletra and all the rest

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Best of the series

Wonderful book David’s performance is magical and having visited Venice I felt as if I was there walking along the canals

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The result of rage and jealousy

A great read and intriguing plot! A great discourse on human behavior and a Greek tragedy !

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Who doesn't love Venezia??

Ms. Leon has hooked me again with my favorite cast of characters, headed by Guodo Brunetti, his family and work friends. This book touches on Alzheimers and the destruction it brings to entire families with perhaps more depth than in previous books where we've suffered with Guido through his mother's illness and death. We are again pulled into a web of intrigue driven by selfishness and greed...always destructive forces. Do visit Venice with Guido and company!

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Wonderful

Loved it. Ms Leon never fails to entertain and share her perspective of Venice.