Blood from a Stone by Donna Leon
A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

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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.

About Donna Leon

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Donna Leon is the author of eighteen novels featuring Guido Brunetti, all of which have been highly acclaimed, and the winner of the CWA Silver Dagger Award. She has lived in Venice for thirty years.
Published December 1, 2007 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 300 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Crime. Fiction

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Summary: The 14th novel in the Commissario Brunetti series looks at illegal immigration and its effect on Venice.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Blood from a Stone: A Commiss...

The Bookbag

... This is the fourteenth novel in Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti series
and I think it's the best yet. Called to the scene of the crime, ...

Nov 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Blood from a Stone: A Commiss...

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