Donna leon unto us a son is given
Unto Us a Son Is Given (Commissario Brunetti, #28) by Donna LeonYour situation is always ambiguous, isnt it, Guido?, his father-in-law, Count Orazio Falier, observes of Donna Leons soulful detective, Guido Brunetti, at the beginning of her superb 28th Brunetti novel, Unto Us A Son Is Given. The world we live in makes that necessary, Brunetti presciently replies. Count Falier was urging his Venetian son-in-law to investigate, and preferably intervene in, the seemingly innocent plan of the Counts best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejada, to adopt a much younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws this man would then be heir to Gonzalos entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalos friends find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why the old man, a close family friend, cant be allowed his pleasure in peace. And yet, what seems innocent on the Venetian surface can cause tsunamis beneath. Gonzalo unexpectedly, and literally, drops dead on the street, and one of his friends just arrived in Venice for the memorial service, is strangled in her hotel room--having earlier sent Gonzalo an email saying We are the only ones who know you cannot do this, referring to the adoption. Now with an urgent case to solve, Brunetti reluctantly untangles the long-hidden mystery in Gonzalos life that ultimately led to murder--a resolution that brings him way more pain than satisfaction.
Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly plumbs the twists and turns of the human condition, reuniting us with some of crime fictions most memorable and enduring characters.
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And yet, what seems innocent on the Venetian surface can cause tsunamis beneath.
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Thank you! What does a father owe his son—and what do sons owe their fathers? Venice's most thoughtful detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti, has occasion to ponder these questions in several forms during his latest outing. Surprisingly, Brunetti's own son, Raffi, doesn't play a large role, though we're treated to the usual Brunetti family conversations over delicious home-cooked lunches. The Conte is much too discreet to say it in so many words, but he wants to make sure his friend isn't being scammed. Brunetti doesn't want to get involved, but he finds himself moved when his father-in-law regretfully says, "I've just asked someone I love to spy on someone else I love.
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. 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. Far more than whodunit, the real subject of this novel and Leon's work in general is what we all do to one another. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series.
Email address:. Unto Us a Son Is Given. Donna Leon. Atlantic Monthly Press. For the 28th novel in Donna Leon's bestselling mystery series, the apparent indiscretion of an elderly family friend involves a reluctant Commissario Guido Brunetti until the sudden natural death of his friend sets in motion a murder. What The Reviewers Say. Rave Bill Ott , Booklist.