Blood from a Stone
Book 14, A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery - A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
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Blood from a Stone brings Donna Leon's celebrated character Commissario Guido Brunetti back on the scene: On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death-fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man is one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and trading without a work permit.
Like everybody involved, Commissario Brunetti wonders why anyone would kill an illegal immigrant. But once Brunetti begins to investigate this unfamiliar Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake within the secretive society.
Warned by Patta, his superior, to resist further involvement in the case, Brunetti only becomes more determined to unearth the truth behind this mysterious killing. Reluctant as he is to let this event be smugly relegated to the category of "not worth dealing with," how far will Brunetti be able to penetrate the murky subculture in this illegal community? Blood from a Stone is an exquisite and irresistible mystery offering an unexpected take on life in contemporary Venice.
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Blood from a Stone
This book had an ending that was abrupt and appeared to need more. Unlike other books it left me feeling like I was hanging. Perhaps if the author indicated in some way that the quandary regarding the killing would be addressed in her next book, or at least referenced there it would have been a better read. I am a regular of Ms. Leon's series and this is the most disappointing thus far.
Blood from Stone
Beginning and middle were fantastic but the ending faded.
Still not sure why all the digs at tourists. Who usually buys your books?
I love Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti. Delightful read. I am always sad to come to the end. I look forward to each book with enthusiasm and am never disappointed.
- Category: Hard-Boiled
- Published: Dec 01, 2007
- Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
- Seller: Perseus Books, LLC
- Print Length: 288 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 14, A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery