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Unto Us a Son Is Given: A Comissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Hardcover)

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I am a reader who would be happy for a new Donna Leon book every 6 months. Sadly, I have to settle for one a year, but they never disappoint. Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to his father-in-law's palazzo where the elder man asks Guido to do some checking on an old friend. Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejada is considering adopting a young man, who would someday inherit great wealth and position. This seemingly simple request to Brunetti leads to soulful thinking and conversations around his family dining table, as well as in the Questura. Another richly satisfying trip for fans and new readers of this wonderful series.

— From Penny's Picks


"Your situation is always ambiguous, isn't it, Guido?", his father-in-law, Count Orazio Falier, observes of Donna Leon's soulful detective, Guido Brunetti, at the beginning of her superb 28th Brunetti novel, Unto Us A Son Is Given. "The world we live in makes that necessary," Brunetti presciently replies. Count Falier was urging his Venetian son-in-law to investigate, and preferably intervene in, the seemingly innocent plan of the Count's best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodr guez de Tejada, to adopt a much younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws this man would then be heir to Gonzalo's entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalo's friends find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why the old man, a close family friend, can't be allowed his pleasure in peace.

And yet, what seems innocent on the Venetian surface can cause tsunamis beneath. Gonzalo unexpectedly, and literally, drops dead on the street, and one of his friends just arrived in Venice for the memorial service, is strangled in her hotel room--having earlier sent Gonzalo an email saying "We are the only ones who know you cannot do this," referring to the adoption. Now with an urgent case to solve, Brunetti reluctantly untangles the long-hidden mystery in Gonzalo's life that ultimately led to murder--a resolution that brings him way more pain than satisfaction.

Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly plumbs the twists and turns of the human condition, reuniting us with some of crime fiction's most memorable and enduring characters.

About the Author

Donna Leon is the author of the highly acclaimed, internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Donna Leon lived in Venice for many years and now divides her time between Venice and Switzerland.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802129116
ISBN-10: 0802129110
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Pages: 320
Language: English

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