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Trace Elements: A Comissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Hardcover)

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An encounter with a dying woman not only moves Commissario Guido Brunetti deeply, it also arouses his curiosity concerning the death of her husband. As is always the case in Leon’s elegantly written and thoughtful books, currents of mystery carry the reader along the canals of Venice and its byways of corporate corruption as Brunetti probes the minds of the two women in his life—his scholarly wife Paola and the technologically brilliant secretary Elettra—along with the wisdom of the Greek dramatists he loves to read in order to plumb the depths of human perfidy and greed. Vivid in its indignation and, in the end, disillusionment, it fits our own time and place all too aptly.

— From Betsy Burton

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Unto Us a Son is Given, comes one of her most dark and thrilling mysteries yet.

A woman's cryptic dying words in a Venetian hospice lead Guido Brunetti to uncover a threat to the entire region in Donna Leon's haunting twenty-ninth Brunetti novel.

When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, waste no time in responding.

"They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no," Benedetta Toso gasps the words about her recently-deceased husband, Vittorio Fadalto. Even though he is not sure she can hear him Brunetti softly promises he and Griffoni will look into what initially appears to be a private family tragedy. They discover that Fadalto worked in the field collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice's water supply and that he had died in a mysterious motorcycle accident. Distracted briefly by Vice Questore Patta's obsession with youth crime in Venice, Brunetti is bolstered once more by the remarkable research skills of Patta's secretary, Signora Elettra Zorzi. Piecing together the tangled threads, in time Brunetti comes to realize the perilous meaning in the woman's accusation and the threat it reveals to the health of the entire region. But justice in this case proves to be ambiguous, as Brunetti is reminded it can be when, seeking solace, he reads Aeschylus's classic play The Eumenides.

As she has done so often through her memorable characters and storytelling skill, Donna Leon once again engages our sensibilities as to the differences between guilt and responsibility.

About the Author


Donna Leon, born in New Jersey in 1942, has worked as a travel guide in Rome and as a copywriter in London. She taught literature in universities in Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia. Commissario Brunetti made her books world-famous. Donna Leon lived in Italy for many years, and although she now lives in Switzerland, she often visits Venice.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802148674
ISBN-10: 0802148670
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English