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The Golden Egg

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In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor shop-keeping violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaner has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

Brunetti begins to investigate the death and is surprised when he finds nothing on the man: no birth certificate, no passport, no driver’s license, no credit cards. As far as the Italian government is concerned, he never existed. Stranger still, the dead man’s mother refuses to speak to the police, and assures Brunetti that her son’s identification papers were stolen in a burglary. As secrets unravel, Brunetti suspects that the Lembos, an aristocratic family, might be somehow connected to the death. But why would anyone want this sweet, simple-minded man dead?

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 18, 2013 – This rich second novel from Kushner (Telex from Cuba) takes place in late- 70s New York City and Italy. Reno is a young filmmaker shopping for experiences, who, as the novel opens, is attempting to set a land-speed record on her Moto Valera motorcycle in Nevada, only to crash instead. A flashback to New York finds her mixing with a group of artists, among whom she meets Sandro Valera, whose wealthy family manufactures the Moto Valera. Soon they are romantically entwined, and Reno accompanies Sandro on a visit home to Italy. She risks alienating the Valeras by going to their factory to film labor unrest, only to catch Sandro there in flagrante delicto with his cousin Talia. Distraught, she flees with Valera family servant Gianni to Rome, where she discovers Gianni is involved with a volatile protest movement. Snippets from the life of Sandro s father s run in intriguing contrast to Reno s story, presenting his WWI experiences, childhood in Alexandria, Egypt, and the founding of his company. Kushner s psychological explorations of her characters are incisive, the novel is peppered with subtle 70s details, and it bursts with you-are-there depictions of its time and places.

Customer Reviews

Annoyed at the many mistakes

I need to write this now before even finishing the story, I am already loving the book but I am also getting very annoyed at the amount of typos and layout problems such as sentences separated by a long empty line, then continuing on the next line. It makes for confusing reading. Please fix this! I detest paying for books that are not edited correctly for these types of errors.

One of the better Brunettis

Donna Leon is on her game, and The Golden Egg offers everything regular readers might hope from a Brunetti novel: insights into Italian politics, a tour around beautiful Venice, delicious dinners with Paula and the kids, the boorishness of Patta & Scarpa, and the intensely humane comradery amongst the story's protagonists.

A love,y read that phases all too quickly and leaves one waiting for the next chance to visit.

About the summary and publisher's review..,

I'm a big fan of the Commissario Brunetti and am buying this novel today. I just want to point out that the Publisher's review in the iBooks store is about a completely unrelated book. Since I have to rate the book in order to have this posted, based on my reading of the Sample so far, I'd give it 5 stars. I really love the characters!

The Golden Egg
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Apr 02, 2013
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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