The Temptation of Forgiveness: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Category: Book
By (author): Leon, Donna
Series: Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Subject:  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Published: March 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*The memorable characters and Venetian drama that have long captivated Donna Leon's many readers are on full display inThe Temptation of Forgiveness, the twenty-seventh novel in the bestselling mystery series. Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior 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 the woman's husband is found unconscious 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 so straightforward.
Review Quote*Praise forThe Temptation of Forgiveness:

ANew York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Named aFinancial Times Summer Book Pick
Named a Most Anticipated Mystery of 2018 byDeadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

"The Venetian settings are enchanting and Commissario Guido Brunetti's investigative methods are drolly amusing. But it's the living, bleeding humanity of the characters that makes Donna Leon's police procedurals so engaging . . . In his sensitive dealings with the victims of crime, Brunetti proves as much a psychologist and social worker as a cop . . . Tagging along after this sleuth is a wonderful way to see Venice like a native."-Marilyn Stasio,New York Times Book Review

"[A] droll and intelligent series . . . As Brunetti makes his tactful way through a Venetian maze of office politics, family connections and moral conundrums, his focus switches from school children procuring narcotics to old people victimized by greedy and unethical medical professionals."-Tom Nolan,Wall Street Journal

"[Commissario Guido Brunetti] is the perfect hero for Leon's minimal, almost lyrical writing style . . . As usual in Leon's novels, the frank depiction of the darker aspects of life in modern Venice sits right alongside some of the most enchanting descriptions of the city in contemporary fiction."-Steve Donoghue,Christian Science Monitor

"Once again we're in Donna Leon's enticing, troubled and beautiful Venice with its bridges, canals, narrow lanes, tourists, fogs, pastries, wines-and crooks . . . Craftily, meticulously and ingeniously, Leon unfurls her plot . . . Leon's prose is smooth and supple, and her latest mystery is one of her best."-Providence Journal

"The Temptation of Forgiveness . . . presents the understated yet razor-sharp investigator with what is possibly his most complex mystery to date, arising from what appears to be a somewhat simple crime that has a particularly tragic result . . . Once again, Leon gives us that rare novel that will satisfy fans of pure mysteries while entrancing those who are interested in personalities, cultures, and the complexities of life and living. Do not miss The Temptation of Forgiveness or, for that matter, any of the books thathave come before."-Book Reporter

"Perfect beach fare . . . These Venice-based novels are sumptuous: charming, clever, atmospheric and compelling. Leon blends politics, philosophy, history and gastronomy into her mix, and ties it up with a mystery solved by the lugubrious and companionable Brunetti. Wonderful."-Financial Times

"As in all the Commissario Brunetti novels, Venice, brooding over the human comedy, Venice watchful of the sea is always a main character . . . Leon's mysteries are always welcome companions because they offer the intellect, as well as the heart, the food they crave."-Reviewing the Evidence

"Donna Leon has written almost three dozen novels in this series, combining vivid descriptions of Venice, Brunetti's appetite, and a wide variety of social ills. In this installment, she combines the taking advantage of elderly people and of government programs such as medicine and drug insurance, exposing both while Brunetti goes about in his calm manner conducting his investigation."-Promoting Crime Fiction

"After more than twenty-five books in the series, this breaks some new ground . . . It is good to see such an established author changing and growing . . . Not only is the solution both surprising and believable, but it requires Brunetti to make a moral decision."-Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

"Dip into any of [Leon's] 27 novels and you'll find delightful places and faces and real cafes, restaurants and piazzas far from the mobs of San Marco. Whether it's the charm of La Serenissima herself or Leon's ability to turn Italy's wild-west politics into highly personal pltos, there's not a bad book in this long-running series, andThe Temptation of Forgiveness is no exception. Our favorite people and places are here, along with some new ones, and the plot-drugs, death, corruption-leads to a satisfactory, if slightly cynical, end. In short, perfect Brunetti."-Globe and Mail (Canada)

"Donna Leon has written almost three dozen novels in this series, combining vivid descriptions of Venice, Brunetti's appetite, and a wide variety of social ills. In this installment, she combines the taking advantage of elderly people and of government programs such as medicine and drug insurance, exposing both while Brunetti goes about in his calm manner conducting his investigation. Recommended."-Midwest Book Review

"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

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.