The Temptation of Forgiveness: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Category: Book
By (author): Leon, Donna
Series: Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Published: March 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 9.04in x 6.35in x 1.19in
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From The Publisher*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 inThe Temptation of Forgiveness. Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from theQuestura, 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.
Review Quote*Praise forThe Temptation of Forgiveness:

Named a Most Anticipated Mystery of 2018 byDeadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

"As always, it's a pleasure spending time in Brunetti's world."-Kirkus Reviews

"Thought-provoking . . . Amid the procedural aspects of the case, vivid descriptions of Venice, and interludes with Brunetti's pesky superior, Leon offers intelligent reflections on the fallout that can harm both innocent and guilty in the quest for justice."-Publishers Weekly

"[A] richly rewarding series . . . Another powerful exploration of the injustice of justice from a master of character-rich crime fiction. Guido Brunetti may be the most beloved protagonist in crime fiction, and if his shoulders are stooping over so many encounters with human tragedy, his fans will feel only excitement at the prospect of joining him in his twenty-seventh adventure."-Bill Ott,Booklist

Praise for Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries:

"Donna Leon's Venetian mysteries never disappoint, calling up the romantic sights and sounds of La Serenissima even as they acquaint us with the practical matters that concern the city's residents."-Marilyn Stasio,New York Times Book Review

"Few detective writers create so vivid, inclusive, and convincing a narrative as Donna Leon . . . One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever."-Washington Post

"The sophisticated but still moral Brunetti, with his love of food and his loving family, proves a worthy custodian of timeless values and verities."-Wall Street Journal

"[Leon] uses the relatively small and crime-free canvas of Venice for rips about Italian life, sexual styles and-best of all-the kind of ingrown business and political corruption that seems to lurk just below the surface."-Chicago Tribune

"Hers is an unusually potent cocktail of atmosphere and event."-New Yorker

"For those who know Venice, or want to, Brunetti is a well-versed escort to the nooks, crannies, moods, and idiosyncrasies of what residents call La Serenissima, the Serene One . . . Richly atmospheric, [Leon] introduces you to the Venice insiders know."-USA Today

"Donna Leon is the undisputed crime fiction queen . . . Leon's ability to capture the social scene and internal politics [of Venice] is first-rate."-Baltimore Sun

"Terrific at providing, through its weary but engaging protagonist, a strong sense of the moral quandaries inherent in Italian society and culture."-San Francisco Chronicle

"Brunetti is one of the most attractive policemen in crime fiction today."-Philadelphia Inquirer

"As always, Brunetti is highly attuned to (and sympathetic toward) the failings of the humans around him."-Seattle Times

"Leon's writing trembles with true feeling."-Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Leon started out with offhand, elegant excellence, and has simply kept it up."-Guardian

"Compassionate yet incorruptible, Brunetti knows that true justice doesn't always end in an arrest or a trial."-Publishers Weekly

"[Brunetti] is a superb police detective-calm, deliberate, and insightful as he investigates with a reflective thoroughness."-Library Journal

"The appeal of Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon's long-running Venetian crime series, comes not from his shrewdness, though he is plenty shrewd, nor from his quick wit. It comes, instead, from his role as an Everyman . . . [his life is] not so different from our own days at the office or nights around the dinner table. Crime fiction for those willing to grapple with, rather than escape, the uncertainties of daily life."-Booklist

"It's difficult to describe the work of Donna Leon other than in superlatives . . . An annual blessing, a fine series-one of the finest (see what I mean) in the mystery (or any) genre . . . There are few reading joys that equal cracking the binding of a new Leon novel . . . If you have not experienced this world, so exotic and yet so familiar, you can pick up literally any volume in the series and begin a comfortable entry into Brunetti's Venice."-BookReporter

"One of the most popular crime series worldwide . . . While the Brunetti books, with their abundance of local color and gastronomic treats, appeal to the fans of the traditional mystery, Leon has something darker and deeper in mind."-Life Sentence

"No author has delved into Venetian society quite like Leon, whose insider's view shows how crime seeps throughout the city, touching all strata of society."-Mystery Scene

Biographical NoteDonna 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.