Give unto Others
- Commissario Brunetti, Book 31
- Narrated by: David Sibley
- Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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Once again, Commissario Guido Brunetti is willing to bend police rules for an acquaintance, even though Elisabetta Foscarini, the woman who asks the favour, is not really a friend. But her mother was good to Brunetti's, so he feels he has no choice but to repay the debt and agrees to look into the matter 'privately', rather than as a police official.
Her son-in-law has alarmed his wife by telling her they might be in danger because of something he's involved with.
Because Enrico Fenzo is an accountant, Brunetti suspects that the likely reason must be the finances of one of his clients. Brunetti takes a look and finds little: one client is an optician, another Fenzo's father-in-law, whom he helped establish a charity, another the owner of a restaurant.
He is about to tell his friend that he can find no reason for preoccupation when her daughter's place of work is vandalised, forcing Brunetti to turn his attention - still 'private' - to Elisabetta's own family.
What he discovers shows the Janus-faced nature of yet another Italian institution as well as the wobbly line that attempts to differentiate between the criminal and the non-criminal.
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Lacks the human touch of earlier books
I reckon I've read or listened to all of the author's Brunetti novels and enjoyed them all. As before, this book has an interesting case to be solved, or not as is sometimes the outcome in these novels. Part of the charm of this series has been the inclusion of Brunetti's domestic life and the evocative descriptions of the delicious meals prepared by his wife Paula. Unusually, there are no comical scenes with his conceited boss, Patta. Even the usually fascinating Signorina Electtra lacks her usual verve in this novel. Altogether a competent book that doesn't stand out from all the 100s of other books in this genre, unlike the earlier books in the series. Maybe the author is getting tired of her characters and is simply going through the motions of producing another books. I've noticed many crime novel series deteriorate as the number of books increases.