By Donna Leon
While a lorry crashes on one of many treacherous hair-pin bends within the Italian Dolomites even Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is appalled whilst he learns of its poor shipment. this is often Donna Leon's fourth novel to add Guido Brunetti.
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Bookseller "Gives the reader a feel for life in Venice.... The story is filled with the average citizen's cynicism, knowledge of corruption, and deep distrust and fear of government and police. Characters are brilliantly portrayed. " —Sally Fellows, Mystery News "In her classy, literate, atmospheric Commissario Guido Brunetti series, Donna Leon takes readers ... " —BookPage "Brunetti ... is the most humane sleuth since Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret. " —Tlte Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A beautifully cadenced mystery ...
The article gave the barest facts: shot to death on the train, body found as it crossed the laguna, police conducting the usual investigation. Brunetti looked up and allowed his eyes to wander sightlessly across the banked stalls of fruit and vegetables. The 'usual investigation'? Who had been on duty last night? Why hadn't he been called? And if he hadn't been called, which one of his colleagues had been? He turned away from the news-stand and continued walking toward the Questura, calling to mind the various cases on which they were working at the moment, trying to calculate who would be given this one.
The body was discovered by the conductor, Cristina Merli, while the train was crossing the laguna that separates Venice from Mestre. As she walked past the compartment in which the well-dressed gentleman lay slumped against the window, she first decided not to bother him by waking him to check his ticket, but then she remembered how often ticketless passengers, even well-dressed ones, would feign sleep on this short trip across the laguna, hoping this way not to be disturbed as they stole their 1000-lira ride.