The Golden Egg by Donna Leon
(Commissario Guido Brunetti)

78%

8 Critic Reviews

Appreciative of feminine charms, the deeply uxorious Brunetti amply displays the keen intelligence and wry humor that has endeared this series to so many.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor shop-keeping violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaner has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

Brunetti begins to investigate the death and is surprised when he finds nothing on the man: no birth certificate, no passport, no driver’s license, no credit cards. As far as the Italian government is concerned, he never existed. Stranger still, the dead man’s mother refuses to speak to the police, and assures Brunetti that her son’s identification papers were stolen in a burglary. As secrets unravel, Brunetti suspects that the Lembos, an aristocratic family, might be somehow connected to the death. But why would anyone want this sweet, simple-minded man dead?
 

About Donna Leon

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Donna Leon is the author of the international best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey and has lived in Venice for thirty years.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Golden Egg
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 25 2013

The clues that link the dead man to the wealthy Lembo family won’t surprise readers familiar with the pervasive corruption Leon’s unearthed in Venice past and present...

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 18 2013

Appreciative of feminine charms, the deeply uxorious Brunetti amply displays the keen intelligence and wry humor that has endeared this series to so many.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Mar 29 2013

...it is Leon’s ability to weave into the narrative her keen observations concerning the eternal landscape and ever-changing political climate of Venice that make this series a unique one.

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Zimbio

Good
on Jan 11 2013

Donna Leon's Brunetti series has gotten better and better in recent years...

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Mysterious Reviews

Good
on May 29 2013

The opening chapters move along at glacial speed, so slow that little of substance happens during the first half of The Golden Egg. And even after it's clear that Brunetti's attention is warranted, the storyline never really gains traction...

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The Coast

Good
on Apr 05 2013

The dinner-table discussion that precedes the story’s end suggests the author’s love of language and respect for its power to bring alive alternate realities.

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Shots

Good
on May 29 2013

This book is just another example of how rich and polished her style is. Her characters may not always be pleasant but they are authentic.

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Herald Scotland

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Reviewed by Rosemary Goring on Mar 23 2013

It is one of the joys of Leon's work that she can take readers into the sinister heart of Italy, and yet, in the person of Brunetti and his companions, convince us that not all is lost.

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