Willful Behavior: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Category: Book
By (author): Leon, Donna
Subject:  FICTION / Gay
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
  FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Published: October 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals. InWillful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather. Brunetti thinks little of it-until Claudia is found dead. Soon, another corpse and an extraordinary art collection lead Brunetti to long-buried secrets of Nazi collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews-secrets few in Italy want revealed.
Review Quote*Praise forWillful Behavior:

"Compelling . . . absorbingly detailed . . . this is a powerful story, brilliantly evoking Venetian atmosphere, and the characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series."-The Times (UK)

"Donna Leon's novels have become successively more subtle, more complex and perhaps more serious, without ever losing their compelling power as narratives. This is especially true ofWillful Behavior; the story is wholly engrossing."-Evening Standard (UK)

"A classic example of detective-book murder, it is satisfyingly difficult to resolve . . . Leon whips up a brilliant narrative storm."-Sunday Times (UK)

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, she lived in Venice for many years and now divides her time between Venice and Switzerland.