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The new Commissario Brunetti novel, darker and more moving than ever before. Donna Leon at her most human best.

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Neither Commissario Brunetti nor his wife Paola have ever had much sympathy for the Italian armed forces, so when a young cadet is found hanged, at Venice’s elite military academy, Brunetti’s emotions are complex: pity and sorrow at the death of a boy close in age to his own son, and contempt and irritation for the arrogance and high-handedness of the boy’s teachers and fellow students.

The young man is the son of an ex-politician, a man of an impeccable integrity all too rare in Italian politics. But as Brunetti – and the indispensable Signorina Elettra – investigate further, no one seems willing to talk, as the military protects its own and civilians keep their own counsel. Is this the natural reluctance of Italians to involve themselves with the authorities, or is Brunetti facing a conspiracy of silence?

Reviews

There is the joy of contemplating Venice: the veiled and ancient heroine, with a sad haunted beauty slipping away year by year. Read it is the dusk, with a grappa.

Libby Purves, Good Book Guide

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

Evening Standard

Complex and thought-provoking and lingers in the mind

Sunday Times

Wonderfully familiar characters, a powerful sense of place and expert plotting

Guardian

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  • Paperback

    9780099536659

    October 1, 2009

    Arrow

    336 pages

    RRP $28.99

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    9781407070674

    June 1, 2010

    Cornerstone Digital

    336 pages

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