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Unto Us a Son Is Given

by Donna Leon

PUBLISHED: 26th September 2019
ISBN: 9781787463196
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLD DAGGER AWARDThe latest bestselling Venice crime novel from celebrated author Donna LeonAs a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count's best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son.
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PUBLISHED: 26th September 2019
ISBN: 9781787463196
ANNOTATION:
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLD DAGGER AWARDThe latest bestselling Venice crime novel from celebrated author Donna LeonAs a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count's best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLD DAGGER AWARDThe latest bestselling Venice crime novel from celebrated author Donna LeonAs a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count's best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLD DAGGER AWARD

The latest bestselling Venice crime novel from celebrated author Donna Leon

As a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count's best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws, this man would become the sole heir to Gonzalo's substantial fortune, something which Gonzalo's friends, including the Count, find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why they're so intent on meddling in the old man's business.

Not long after Brunetti meets with Gonzalo, the elderly man unexpectedly passes away from natural causes. Old and frail, Gonzalo's death goes unquestioned, and a few of his oldest friends gather in Venice to plan the memorial service.

But when Berta, a striking woman and one of Gonzalo's closest confidantes, is strangled in her hotel room, Brunetti is drawn into long-buried secrets from Gonzalo's past. What did Berta know? And who would go to such lengths to ensure it would remain hidden?

Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly follows the twists and turns of the human condition, set against the ebb and flow of Venetian life.

Author Biography

Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna's books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world.

Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.

Review

Atmospheric, clever, witty and amusing. If I were only allowed to read one crime series again it would be that of Donna Leon. The Times Just as exciting as anything by Lee Child or Jeffrey Deaver. Evening Standard Once again, Leon transforms what might have been a straightforward mystery into something much richer and more resonant ... Far more than whodunit, the real subject of this novel (and Leon's work in general) is what we all do to one another. Booklist [A] charming series, and it is a pleasure to spend time with Brunetti, his academic wife, Paola, and their children as they eat delicious food and drink good wine. Literary Review Leon's novels are unshowy and imbued with the humanist outlook that makes Brunetti such an appealing character. Sunday Times

Product Details

Author
Donna Leon
Pages
272
Publisher
Cornerstone
Year
2019
ISBN-10
1787463192
ISBN-13
9781787463196
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2019-09-26
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Subtitle
Shortlisted for the Gold Dagger
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade