Beastly Things

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012 - Fiction - 296 pages
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When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he canít show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: it turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease. With Inspector Vianello, Brunetti canvasses shoe stores, and winds up on the mainland in Mestre, outside of his usual sphere. From a shopkeeper, they learn that the man had a kindly way with animals.

At the same time, animal rights and meat consumption are quickly becoming preoccupying issues at the Venice Questura, and in Brunettiís home, where conversation at family meals offer a window into the joys and conflicts of Italian life. Perhaps with the help of Signorina Elettra, Brunetti and Vianello can identify the man and understand why someone wanted him dead. As subtle and engrossing as ever, Leonís Beastly Things is immensely enjoyable, intriguing, and ultimately moving.

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User Review  - bookappeal - LibraryThing

A leisurely-paced police procedural with no sense of urgency. Given that this is the 21st book in the series, character development is sparse but the mystery is lackluster as well. The villain is ... Read full review

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User Review  - kerrlm - LibraryThing

Leon makes learning about Venice enjoyable. Her exposes are well placed. She tackles one issue after another. Most of them are issues to pursue everywhere, not only Venice. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Donna Leon was born on September 29, 1942 in Montclair, New Jersey. She taught English literature in England, Switzerland, Iran, China, Italy and Saudi Arabia. She is the author of a Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery series. Friends in High Places, a novel from the series, won the Crime Writers Association Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction in 2000. German Television has produced 16 Commissario Brunetti mysteries for broadcast. She was a crime reviewer for the Sunday Times. She has written the libretto for a comic opera and has set up her own opera company, Il Complesso Barocco. Her title Jewels of Pardise made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012 and her title The Golden Egg made The List for 2013.

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