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Through a Glass, Darkly (Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries)

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Donna Leon opens doors to the hidden Venice like no one else. With her latest novel, <I>Through a Glass, Darkly,</I> Leon takes us inside the secretive island of Murano, home of the world-famous glass factories. On a luminous spring day in Venice, Commissario Brunetti and his assistant Vianello play hooky from the Questura in order to help Vianello's friend Marco Ribetti, arrested during an environmental protest. They secure his release, only to be faced by the fury of the man's father-in-law, Giovanni De Cal, a cantankerous glass factory owner who has been heard in the bars of Murano making violent threats about Ribetti. Brunetti's curiosity is piqued, and he finds himself drawn to Murano to investigate. Is De Cal the type of man to carry out his threats? Then one morning the body of De Cal's night watchman is found. Over long lunches, on secret boat rides, in quiet bars, and down narrow streets, Brunetti searches for the killer. Will he unravel the clues before the night watchman's death is allowed to be forgotten?

A fascinating novel set in the intersection between tourism and native Venetian society, <I>Through a Glass, Darkly</I> is Donna Leon at her finest.

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"Last seen in Blood from a Stone (2005), Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates a murder on Murano, the famed island of glassmakers, in Leon's assured 15th mystery starring the cynical yet diligent Venetian policeman. Has a worker, found singed to death in front of a blazing furnace, been killed because of his environmental activism? Or is this a family feud between the factory's owner and his 'green' engineer of a son-in-law? As usual, Leon educates the reader about the charms and corruptions of Italian life (the sensuality of the architecture and food, the indolence and stagnation of its bureaucracies), besides presenting a crash course in 21st-century glass-making. Every character, every line of dialogue, every descriptive passage rings true in a whodunit that's also travel essay, political commentary and existential monologue. And the middle-aged, happily married Brunetti remains unique — an everyman who's also extraordinary: 'During his early years as a policeman... people still argued about whether it was right or wrong to use force during an interrogation.... Now they argued about how much pain they could inflict.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Donna Leon opens doors to the hidden Venice like no one else. With her latest novel, Through a Glass, Darkly, Leon takes us inside the secretive island of Murano, home of the world-famous glass factories. On a luminous spring day in Venice, Commissario Brunetti and his assistant Vianello play hooky from the Questura in order to help Vianello's friend Marco Ribetti, arrested during an environmental protest. They secure his release, only to be faced by the fury of the man's father-in-law, Giovanni De Cal, a cantankerous glass factory owner who has been heard in the bars of Murano making violent threats about Ribetti. Brunetti's curiosity is piqued, and he finds himself drawn to Murano to investigate. Is De Cal the type of man to carry out his threats? Then one morning the body of De Cal's night watchman is found. Over long lunches, on secret boat rides, in quiet bars, and down narrow streets, Brunetti searches for the killer. Will he unravel the clues before the night watchman's death is allowed to be forgotten?

A fascinating novel set in the intersection between tourism and native Venetian society, Through a Glass, Darkly is Donna Leon at her finest.

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Commissario Brunetti and his assistant Vianello secure the release of an environmental protester, only to be faced by the fury of the man's father-in-law, a cantankerous glass factory owner, in this fascinating novel that combines politics and culture.

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Sheila, May 29, 2006 (view all comments by Sheila)
As with all of Donna Leon's Brunetti mystery books, "Through A Glass Darkly" was a very vivid, atmospheric and finely nuanced novel. So, if you're loking for a good, well written book to read you won't go very wrong in picking up this book. However, this is not, unfortunately, one of Leon's more stellar efforts either. The haunting, engaging and softly edgy installments that one had come to expect ("Death at La Fenice," "Death in a Strange Country," "The Death of Faith," etc) is absent here. The pacing is more sedate as Brunetti finds himself interviewing characters about Del Cal and the probable toxic dumping. And while Brunetti's sympathies are very obviously aroused by the unfortunate night watchman, there is also a slight sense of ambivalence and noninvolvement from Brunetti that I have never sensed before in previous installments. However, in spite of these small disappointments, I will own that I finished the book in one sitting and that I did enjoy it nevertheless. (One of the best bits in the novel is when Chiara, Brunetti's daughter, helps him make sense of the night watchman's notes.) All in all, not a bad read, esp if you're a fan of the series. If this is your first foray into the series, however, I'd suggest picking up earlier mysteries (all available in paperback), before picking up this particular installment.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780871139375
Subtitle:
A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Author:
Leon, Donna
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Pollution
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Businessmen
Subject:
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Publication Date:
20060327
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 18 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Last seen in Blood from a Stone (2005), Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates a murder on Murano, the famed island of glassmakers, in Leon's assured 15th mystery starring the cynical yet diligent Venetian policeman. Has a worker, found singed to death in front of a blazing furnace, been killed because of his environmental activism? Or is this a family feud between the factory's owner and his 'green' engineer of a son-in-law? As usual, Leon educates the reader about the charms and corruptions of Italian life (the sensuality of the architecture and food, the indolence and stagnation of its bureaucracies), besides presenting a crash course in 21st-century glass-making. Every character, every line of dialogue, every descriptive passage rings true in a whodunit that's also travel essay, political commentary and existential monologue. And the middle-aged, happily married Brunetti remains unique — an everyman who's also extraordinary: 'During his early years as a policeman... people still argued about whether it was right or wrong to use force during an interrogation.... Now they argued about how much pain they could inflict.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Donna Leon opens doors to the hidden Venice like no one else. With her latest novel, Through a Glass, Darkly, Leon takes us inside the secretive island of Murano, home of the world-famous glass factories. On a luminous spring day in Venice, Commissario Brunetti and his assistant Vianello play hooky from the Questura in order to help Vianello's friend Marco Ribetti, arrested during an environmental protest. They secure his release, only to be faced by the fury of the man's father-in-law, Giovanni De Cal, a cantankerous glass factory owner who has been heard in the bars of Murano making violent threats about Ribetti. Brunetti's curiosity is piqued, and he finds himself drawn to Murano to investigate. Is De Cal the type of man to carry out his threats? Then one morning the body of De Cal's night watchman is found. Over long lunches, on secret boat rides, in quiet bars, and down narrow streets, Brunetti searches for the killer. Will he unravel the clues before the night watchman's death is allowed to be forgotten?

A fascinating novel set in the intersection between tourism and native Venetian society, Through a Glass, Darkly is Donna Leon at her finest.

"Synopsis" by , Commissario Brunetti and his assistant Vianello secure the release of an environmental protester, only to be faced by the fury of the man's father-in-law, a cantankerous glass factory owner, in this fascinating novel that combines politics and culture.
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