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Friday, November 14, 2014

The Golden Egg by Donna Leon

Donna Leon is one of my favorite writers which in part is because we both share a love of Venice. In her books she unravels the mysteries and corruption of the local government, murder and betrayal, but none of this can take away from the way of life and beauty of Venice described in her books.
In The Golden Egg, Commissario Guido Brunetti looks into the death of a young man whom both he and his wife had come into contact with over the years. He worked at a local dry cleaner and was obviously handicapped. But when Brunetti starts his research, he is surprised that there is nothing to find: no birth certificate, identification or official records. It was as if the man hadn't existed. Neither Brunetti nor his wife can understand why someone would want this man dead.

My thoughts: I have enjoyed each of Donna Leon's books and this one didn't disappoint either. She has lived in Venice for over 30 years and can describe in detail Commissario Brunetti's daily life and the obstacles he comes across. Although he isn't convinced the man's death is no more than an accident Brunetti is determined to find out who he was and why there were no official records. In his search he is met with silence and closed doors, but that doesn't dissuade him from finding out the truth.

1 comment:

Joanne said...

I will enjoy her books now that I've seen Venice. She's on my list