In the twenty-seventh novel in Donna Leon's bestselling mystery series, a suspicious accident leads Commissario Guido Brunetti to uncover a longstanding scam with disturbing unintended consequencesThe memorable characters and Venetian drama that have long captivated Donna Leons many readers are on full display in The Temptation of Forgiveness. Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from the Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is surprised more consequentially by the appearance of a friend of his wifes, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Brunetti can somehow intervene. When Tullio Gasparini, the womans husband, is found unconscious and with a serious brain injury at the foot of a bridge in Venice after midnight, Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boys behavior. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is not straightforward.As the twenty-seventh novel unfolds in Donna Leons exquisite chronicle of Venetian life in all its blissful and sordid aspects, Brunetti pursues several false and contradictory leads while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness and craftiness of Signorina Elettra, Pattas secretary and gate-keeper. Exasperated by the petty bureaucracy that constantly bedevils him and threatens to expose Signorina Elettra, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. This predilection leads him to read Sophocles Antigone, and, in its light, consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead....
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The Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti #27) Reviews
I've read all 26 earlier Commissario Brunetti novels and I've loved them all. So when number 27 came out I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Imagine my dismay when I discovered I didn't get along with it at all. It bored me almost to death. It felt very greyish and chaotic. Too many issues remained unresolved. Next to a likeable sympathetic and clever defective Venice, Brunetti's family and delicious Italian food were what made this series great. However In this novel these extras seem to be ...more
At one point in this tale, Commissario Brunetti and his wife, Paola, are speaking about the folly of fiction. How it has pat endings that don't happen in real life. Brunetti quips that "fiction is fiction," which Paola thinks is hilarious. I'm wondering if that was the structure of this book, as I found the ending unsatisfactory. The story itself was meandering, with many loose ends, and it seemed like Leon was making it up as she went. One plot line was never resolved at all. I was waiting for ...more
3/7/18 Full review tk. I wanted to like this a lot more than I ultimately did.
Again, one sees the wonderful empathy of Brunetti in yet one more well done book about his life. A woman who is a friend of Paola's comes to Brunetti because she thinks her young son may be on drugs. Brunetti checks out the man who is supposedly in charge of drugs in the area and finds the man is very sick and confined to his home. Then he gets a call in the middle of the night that a man is found unconscious on a bridge. At the hospital, he recognizes the husband of Paola's friend. Griffoni and ...more
Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti has another puzzling case, this one involving drugs. Is someone selling drugs in an exclusive local private school? Is there some irregularity involving the drugs sold at a certain pharmacy to elderly Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients? And what really happened to the man found with severe head injuries on a bridge at the dead of night? Donna Leon crafts another well-written mystery, a must-read for fans of both the series and of Venice.
I would not recommend this one for someone who isn't already familiar with the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. For those who know the stately pace of Donna Leon's mysteries and the often inconclusive endings, this is still a novel that might get very different reactions. I enjoyed it, but I also wonder if there's some kind of reckoning in the near future, regarding the increasing dependence of Brunetti's team on the extra-legal computer hacking by Signorina Elettra.
Brunetti seems unusually la ...more
First Sentence: Having left the apartment smack on time so as to arrive at the Questura on time for a meeting with his superior, Brunetti found himself seated toward the rear of a Number One vaporetto, glancing idly through a copy of that morning’s Gazzettino.
Commissario Guido Brunetti is approached by a co-worker of his wife asking his help in stopping the people she thinks may be selling drugs to her son. Unfortunately, there is really nothing he can do. When her husband, Tullio Gasparini, is ...more
This is the 27th of the Comissario Brunetti series by Leon. As loyal readers know this series revolves around Guido Brunetti and his sidekicks fighting for justice in Venice, Italy. All the regulars make an appearance in the investigation of a man found at the bottom of the stone steps by a bridge. The victim's wife had previously come to Guido with concern that her high school son was using drugs.
Kind of takes awhile to get going but this turns out to be an attack on the sale of medical drugs t ...more