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The second novel to feature Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon's much-loved Commissario of the Venice Police.

Early one morning Guido Brunetti, Commissario of the Venice Police, confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid Venetian canal. All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti, robbery seems altogether too convenient a motive. Then something very incriminating is discovered in the dead man's flat – something which points to the existence of a high-level cabal – and Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody, somewhere, is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime ...

Reviews

Brunetti ... long ago joined the ranks of the classic fictional detectives

Evening Standard

What makes Leon's work especially unnerving is the sense that corruption is a continuing process ... The characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout the series

The Times

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  • Paperback

    9780099536598

    June 1, 2009

    Arrow

    384 pages

    RRP $26.99

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