The Temptation of Forgiveness

The Temptation of Forgiveness

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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 consequences

The memorable characters and Venetian drama that have long captivated Donna Leon's 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 wife's, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Brunetti can somehow intervene. When Tullio Gasparini, the woman's 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 boy's behavior. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is not straightforward.

As the twenty-seventh novel unfolds in Donna Leon's 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, Patta's 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.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018
ISBN: 9780802127754
Branch Call Number: Leon, D
LEON D
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 24 cm

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AuntJane Apr 24, 2018

I always look forward to Donna Leon's books and the trip Venice I take in my mind when reading! This one, while enjoyable, made me a little anxious with the unexpected behaviors of the characters and potential problems that might arise - I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop...Overall it fee... Read More »


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Jun 18, 2018

Notable in the Brunetti series for the disagreement he has with Claudia Griffoni, his colleague from Naples, about conclusions drawn from investigations. Is Leon considering a Griffoni series? In this book, the usual Brunetti scenes dragged. Slow paced and unsatisfying in contrast to her other novels.

AuntJane Apr 24, 2018

I always look forward to Donna Leon's books and the trip Venice I take in my mind when reading! This one, while enjoyable, made me a little anxious with the unexpected behaviors of the characters and potential problems that might arise - I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop...Overall it feels a little melancholy. Now to wait for the next installment!!!

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