The Golden Egg

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Grove Press, 2013 - Fiction - 276 pages
19 Reviews
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 mayorís future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunettiís 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 driverís license, no credit cards. As far as the Italian government is concerned, he never existed. Stranger still, the dead manís mother refuses to speak to the police, and assures Brunetti that her sonís 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?
  

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Review: The Golden Egg (Commissario Brunetti #22)

User Review  - Chad Sayban - Goodreads

Question: How can a crime novel with no crime be interesting? Answer: in this case, it can't - or at least this one doesn't. I had read the first book in this series and it was good. Unfortunately ... Read full review

Review: The Golden Egg (Commissario Brunetti #22)

User Review  - Marguerite Kaye - Goodreads

This was a bit of a strange one, a crime story without a real crime. There were aspects that I really enjoyed - in particular the way Venice is described, and the way the various Italian factions are ... Read full review

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Donna Leon is the author of the internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey and has lived in Venice for thirty years.

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