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
As always, the incomparable Donna Leon provides another satisfying mystery and general commentary on life, Venetian and otherwise, featuring her longstanding protagonist Commissario Guido Brunetti. Leon writes with a philosophical, wry, dark tone that well suits the intricacies of Italian life, politics, and culture. Where else will you find a police commissioner reading the plays of Sophocles and musing about their meaning or commenting on Argumentum ad Absurdum at work? These stories (this is ...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
Iām a Brunetti addict, but sometimes the endless detail is just padding. I think Leon wants the reader to proceed at the same measured. thoughtful pace as Brunetti, hence the noting of every hand movement, sideways glance, sitting posture for every character.
Furthermore, while I once found Elettraās hacking clever and comical, we are now living In a world where itās all too close to home. To me, she has become sinister, not a dea ex machina.
Had the sun been an old friend, packing and preparing for a three-month vacation, Brunetti would have told him he'd miss him and wish him a good time, down there in Argentina and New Zealand, spending the winter months - wisely- by the sea and staying warm. When he turned into Ruga Vecchia San Giovanni, he was proven right and rebuttoned his coat for the rest of the walk home.
The day was friendly, so they decided to walk...
Brunetti as always is faced with moral dilemmas, having to choose between ...more
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
This tale is exactly about the temptation of forgiveness -- when all those subtle mistakes, misdemeanors, misunderstandings, misdirectives, that are a part of the ordinary or the "slightly bent," and all those suspicions that we think we can justify or that can originate from fears and then embellished and seem to be exactly what you imagined them to be -- but aren't-- and all those problems that arise from our cultural shortcomings that can hurt those we love and want to protect, those around u ...more
This is the 27th book Iāve read in this delightful series, so by now I know what to expect. The usual cast will be present and there will be a crime ā of course, itās a crime fiction series ā and there will be social comment too. The crime sometimes plays quite a small part in the overall piece and at other times itās at the forefront of the tale. Here I was over half way through and I still wasnāt sure if a crime had actually been committed. In time it became clear that one had, but here the il ...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 morningās 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