Blood From A Stone

Blood From A Stone

eBook - 2007
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Blood from a Stone brings Donna Leon's celebrated character Commissario Guido Brunetti back on the scene: On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death-fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man is one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and trading without a work permit. Like everybody involved, Commissario Brunetti wonders why anyone would kill an illegal immigrant. But once Brunetti begins to investigate this unfamiliar Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake within the secretive society. Warned by Patta, his superior, to resist further involvement in the case, Brunetti only becomes more determined to unearth the truth behind this mysterious killing. Reluctant as he is to let this event be smugly relegated to the category of "not worth dealing with," how far will Brunetti be able to penetrate the murky subculture in this illegal community? Blood from a Stone is an exquisite and irresistible mystery offering an unexpected take on life in contemporary Venice.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2007.
ISBN: 1555848966
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Dec 09, 2016

(Book 14 in the Guido Brunetti series)

Sep 11, 2014

"illegal aliens," presumably Senegalese, sell fake handbags on the street; when one of them is killed gangland style, Brunetti gets involved. His daughter's racist comment causes a family crisis that makes him think, as he tries to solve the crime that his boss removes from his jurisdiction (and takes away the records). Brunetti and Vianelli can't leave well enough alone, and keep pursuing the mystery, which gets more complex. The ending is indeed strange to Western eyes, but Brunetti is wise enough to understand it and accept it. I liked that ending to a very disturbing situation.

Oct 27, 2010

I was OK with this book until the last few pages where the plot took such an unexpected turn that I found it unbelievable. That said, the characterizations of the Brunetti family remain very good.


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