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Donna Leon's critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti series has attracted listeners the world over with the beauty of its setting, the humanity of its characters, and its fearlessness in exploring politics, morality, and contemporary Italian culture. In Leon's novels, the beloved conversations of the Brunetti family have drawn on topics of art and literature, but books are at the heart of this novel in a way they never have been before.
One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: The culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem-- the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist.
As the investigation proceeds, the suspects multiply. And when a seemingly harmless theologian, who had spent years reading at the library turns up brutally murdered, Brunetti must question his expectations about what makes a man innocent, or guilty.
©2014 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag, Zurich (P)2014 Recorded Books
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By alexis on 04-07-14

Colacci is BACK!!!

How delighted I was to hear David Colacci narrating this series again. His performance is perfect, as always. But the story is too brief by far, and it ends so abruptly I was caught completely off-guard. Ms. Leon left me sorely missing the familial warmth of earlier mysteries and the wonderful and wry humor of Senorina Electra, along with the many other riches of most Guido Brunetti stories. It is still a 5-star listen, but be prepared for an almost breathless pace compared to the slow and steady soulfulness and the intelligent and cultured ruminations we've come to expect from Comissario Brunetti!

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By Gabrielle on 03-04-16

Finely crafted, believable characters and situations, up to her usual excellence. More books, many more books please

Leon keeps on doing it, and keeps on doing it well. As usual, she starts with some small fact of life, and drop by drop builds a sandcastle that can withstand all waves, based on a current social issue or perhaps even a trial. Her characters are believable and stay so from one book to the next, becoming people you know and usually like. Her stories are solid in themselves and do not depend on gratuitous sex or violence. its not that there isn't a dead body or two or that married or unmarried people sleep together, but if so, it's part of the tale that will keep you reading to the end. Perhaps you will reread even more than once.

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