Blood from a Stone (Google eBook)

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Grove Press, Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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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Delicious prose with substance. - Goodreads
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I love the slow pace of her inspector's life. - Goodreads
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Review: Blood from a Stone (Commissario Brunetti #14)

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Donna Leon is back on track. Commisario Brunetti is called to a murder scene to find two African street vendors have been ruthlessly shot in an obviously well orchestrated and professional hit in ... Read full review

Review: Blood from a Stone (Commissario Brunetti #14)

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Donna Leon is back on track. Commisario Brunetti is called to a murder scene to find two African street vendors have been ruthlessly shot in an obviously well orchestrated and professional hit in ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Donna Leon has lived in Venice for many years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed, most recently Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Death in a Strange Country, Acqua Alta, A Noble Radiance, Uniform Justice and Doctored Evidence.

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