Synopses & Reviews
Donna Leon has topped European bestseller lists for more than a decade with a series of mysteries featuring clever Commissario Guido Brunetti. Always ready to bend the rules to uncover the threads of a crime, Brunetti manages to maintain his integrity while maneuvering through a city rife with politics, corruption, and intrigue.
In A Noble Radiance a new landowner is summoned urgently to his house not far from Venice when workmen accidentally unearth a macabre grave. The human corpse is badly decomposed, but a ring found nearby proves to be a first clue that reopens an infamous case of kidnapping involving one of Venice's most aristocratic families. Only Commissario Brunetti can unravel the clues and find his way into both the heart of patrician Venice and that of a family grieving for their abducted son.
A gripping intellectual mystery
Culturally rich.” Publishers Weekly
Goes a long way to confirming Donna Leon's claim to have taken literary possession of Venice
A Noble Radiance finds her at the height of her power. It gives the reader a delightful foretaste of summer holidays to come, but it also offers much more than that.” Independent on Sunday (UK)
The marvel of this book is that almost every detail on every page forms part of a succession of clues, planted with exquisite precision to unraveling the mystery.” Sunday Times (UK)
A macabre grave is found at the foot of the Italian Dolomites. The body is found to be Roberto Lorenzonis, only son and heir of one Venice's oldest, most aristocratic families. Commissario Guido Brunetti must move in the highest circles of power and corruption to unravel the mystery behind the young mans disappearance and murder.
About the Author
Donna Leon is the author of twenty one novels featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. She has lived in Venice for thirty years.