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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 city, Venice, to discover the person responsible. Now, in the 30th 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, joyriding in the Laguna with two young Italians. However, Brunetti's curiosity is aroused by the behavior 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 rumored to be involved in more sinister nighttime 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 organized. 

Donna Leon's 30th Brunetti novel is as powerful as any she has written, testing Brunetti to his limits, forcing him to listen very carefully for the truth.

©2021 Donna Leon (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Not The Usual Commissario Brunetti Story

Skip It if you are a long time Brunetti fan. This book doesn’t measure up. There are dinners at home with the family but there are no coffees with his colleagues. The whole case takes place outside of Brunetti’s jurisdiction. It is a good mystery BUT the ending is non-existent. All of a sudden there is a fight going on, we don’t know if anyone was injured, killed or how it ended. All of a sudden Brunetti is a hero but what happened to the two young men??? Terrible non-ending. David Colacci did a good job of narrating. I listened in Audible so was able to crochet while listening but....very disappointing.

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Good Brunetti book but ended too fast

Was really enjoying this until the denouement. Something happened, and then "the end". Should have put Brunetti back at home with his family afterwards, talking it through. Felt like the author gave up at the end. Recommend anyway.

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Love it!

Book 30? Really! What an awesome series!

Another great book and David Colacci’s narration is delightful. It starts out immediately with two American students being left at the door of the hospital, injured and unconscious. Guido and Claudia jump into the investigation but it turns into something very sinister and disturbing.

As usual, Venice is a star of the book. Leon’s descriptions are very lavish and detailed! After 30 books I feel a deep understanding of the geography of the city and its environs without, sadly, ever being there physically. The crime Guido is working on often takes a backseat to the beauty that is Venice.

But this single story develops into a multi-layered one that takes until the final paragraph to finish. Abruptly.

And I can’t wait for #31! Thank you, Donna Leon.

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Best Brunetti mystery in a while

Slow & thoughtful. Beautiful descriptions of conversations. Like you are there. Characterization is superb. This was my favorite from the last few years.

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Transient Desires

This story was darker than others by this author. I had a hard time following the story. The ending salvaged the story.

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Horrible ending

Even though this was not one of my favorite Brunetti books, I would have given it a higher rating had it not been for the horribly disappointing, abrupt ending. I'm a long time fan of Leon/Brunett, but I was very disappointed in the poorly conceived conclusion that seemed to be more of a phoned in effort than a thoughtfully constructed piece of work. Almost seems as though she gave up and and just stopped trying.
If the ending was supposed to be clever, it failed.
Thank goodness for Colacci - he always delivers a great Brunetti..

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I liked the story, but it ended too abruptly. I like a more satisfying ending.

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Thoughtful

A small but impactful illustration of human trafficking. As usual a well described account of an investigation leading in an entirely different direction and a great character study. I love this series.

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Always an interesting read

Leon's stories are always interesting. If there is one failing, it is the deep seated prejudice for one or more nationalities displayed, not in the voice of characters, but in the omniscient author's voice.

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Transient Desires

This was a super interesting book in the Donna Leon / Commissario Brunetti book series.