Through a Glass, Darkly by Donna Leon
A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

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Donna Leon opens doors to the hidden Venice like no one else. With her latest novel, Through a Glass, Darkly, Leon takes us inside the secretive island of Murano, home of the world-famous glass factories. On a luminous spring day in Venice, Commissario Brunetti and his assistant Vianello play hooky from the Questura in order to help Vianello's friend Marco Ribetti, arrested during an environmental protest. They secure his release, only to be faced by the fury of the man's father-in-law, Giovanni De Cal, a cantankerous glass factory owner who has been heard in the bars of Murano making violent threats about Ribetti. Brunetti's curiosity is piqued, and he finds himself drawn to Murano to investigate. Is De Cal the type of man to carry out his threats? Then one morning the body of De Cal's night watchman is found. Over long lunches, on secret boat rides, in quiet bars, and down narrow streets, Brunetti searches for the killer. Will he unravel the clues before the night watchman's death is allowed to be forgotten?

A fascinating novel set in the intersection between tourism and native Venetian society, Through a Glass, Darkly is Donna Leon at her finest.

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. 284 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Seeking witnesses who heard De Cal threaten Ribetti, Brunetti is directed to night watchman Giorgio Tassini, who’s recently left De Cal’s employ and gone to work for the neighboring establishment Gianluca Fasano, a major player with political ambitions.

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A reader can easily feel like they are standing with the soles of their feet in Venice, Italy in Donna Leon's 15th Commissario Brunetti mystery.

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Donna Leon has a winner in her novels featuring Guido Brunetti, a police commissario in modern-day Venice.

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Review: Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti mysteries are like finely cut gemstones.

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