Transient desires - Donna Leon

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Title
Transient desires
Author
Donna Leon
format
Hardback
Publisher
William Heinemann
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20210304

'The climax is nothing less than a trip - across the laguna - into the heart of darkness ... Leon's special skill is to splice glimpses of la dolce vita with acute analysis of moral and ethical dilemmas ... The series that has shadowed Brunetti for three decades is an epic achievement.' The Times

Chosen as Star Pick in the Sunday Times Crime Club

Chosen as a 'Best New Crime Novel' in the Sunday Times
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In his many years as a Commissario, Guido Brunetti has seen all manner of crime and known intuitively how to navigate the various pathways in his native Venice to discover the person responsible. Now, in the thirtieth novel in Donna Leon's masterful series, he faces a heinous crime committed outside his jurisdiction. He is drawn in innocently enough: two young American women have been badly injured in a boating accident, joy riding in the Laguna with two young Italians. However, Brunetti's curiosity is aroused by the behaviour of the young men, who abandoned the victims after taking them to the hospital. If the injuries were the result of an accident, why did they want to avoid association with it?

As Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, investigate the incident, they discover that one of the young men works for a man rumoured to be involved in more sinister night-time activities in the Laguna. To get to the bottom of what proves to be a gut-wrenching case, Brunetti needs to enlist the help of both the Carabinieri and the Guardia Costiera. Determining how much trust he and Griffoni can put in these unfamiliar colleagues adds to the difficulty of solving a peculiarly horrible crime whose perpetrators are technologically brilliant and ruthlessly organised.

Donna Leon's thirtieth Brunetti novel is as powerful as any she has written, testing Brunetti to his limits, forcing him to listen very carefully for the truth.

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Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna's books have been translated into thirty-five languages and have been published around the world.

Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.

The climax is nothing less than a trip - across the laguna - into the heart of darkness. The mystery is intriguing, but following the progress of Brunetti via canal and calle provides the real pleasure ...It's as if you're there, the wind in your face, the baroque splendour of La Serenissima all around ...The city, in Donna Leon's novel, is as much a character as Guido and his family...Over the years - Transient Desires is the 30th novel in the series - the reader has come to love them ...Leon has never overlooked the uglinesses that disfigure her adoptive Italy ... Leon's special skill is to splice glimpses of la dolce vita with acute analysis of moral and ethical dilemmas ...The series that has shadowed Brunetti for three decades is an epic achievement - in its own way quite the equal of Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time.
The Times - Mark Sanderson

It's colourful and beautifully written.
Peterborough Telegraph

Type
BOOK
Edition
Hardback original
Keyword Index
Venice (Italy) - Fiction.|Detective and mystery stories.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
272

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