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The wonderful new Commissario Brunetti novel, from Sunday Times Bestselling author Donna Leon

At a dinner party given by his parents-in-law, Commissario Brunetti meets Franca Marinello, the wife of a prosperous Venetian businessman. He’s charmed – perhaps too charmed, suggests his wife Paola – by her love of Virgil and Cicero, but shocked by her appearance.

A few days later, Brunetti is visited by Carabinieri Maggior Filippo Guarino from the nearby city of Marghera. As part of a wider investigation into Mafia takeovers of businesses in the region, Guarino wants information about the owner of a trucking company who was found murdered in his office. He believes the man's death is connected to the illegal transportation of refuse – and more sinister material – in his company's trucks. No stranger to mutual suspicion and competition between rival Italian police departments, Brunetti is nevertheless puzzled by the younger man’s paranoid behaviour.

Eventually Guarino agrees to email a photo of his suspect, but by the time the photograph arrives, he himself is dead. Was he killed because he got too close?

Reviews

[a] brilliant series.

Seven, Sunday Telegraph

Super sleuth Brunetti again patrols Venice's dark canal ways in this Italian crimefest. Once again, Brunetti proves he's more than a match for the local mob.

Mirror

The very first sentences of About Face showcase Donna Leon's elegant, effortless style....another great Brunetti outing ... The details of home-cooked meals and family arguments, alongside a never-ending flow of crime, add depth to Leon's stories and are what makes her characters so believable and, in turn, her books so readable.

Independent

a thoroughly enjoyable and atmospheric read.

Waterstones Books Quarterly

The Brunetti series is dependably enjoyable...There are fine scenes of sustained dialogue, notably an exchange between Brunetti and the Count, his father-in-law, over a pair of portraits, that deserves to be called Jamesian.

TLS

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099533368

    May 3, 2010

    Arrow

    336 pages

    RRP $24.99

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    9781409061830

    June 1, 2010

    Cornerstone Digital

    336 pages

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