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Donna Leon’s most powerful novel yet, as the murder of a young girl draws Commissario Brunetti into buried secrets dating back to the Second World War …

When one of his wife Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it, beyond being intrigued and attracted by the girl’s intelligence and moral seriousness. But when she is found murdered, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo is suddenly no longer simply Paola’s student, but Brunetti’s case …

Reviews

A classic example of detective-book murder, it is satisfyingly difficult to resolve ... Leon whips up a brilliant narrative storm

Sunday Times

Compelling ... absorbingly detailed ... this is a powerful story, brilliantly evoking Venetian atmosphere, and the characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series

The Times

Donna Leon's novels have become successively more subtle, more complex and perhaps more serious, without ever losing their compelling power as narratives. This is especially true of Wilful Behaviour; the story is wholly engrossing

Evening Standard

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  • Paperback

    9780099536628

    May 1, 2009

    Arrow

    368 pages

    RRP $28.99

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  • EBook

    9781407070704

    June 1, 2010

    Cornerstone Digital

    368 pages

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