A Noble Radiance

A Noble Radiance

Book - 1998
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Penguin Putnam
Donna Leon has topped European bestseller lists for more than a decade with a series of mysteries featuring clever Commissario Guido Brunetti. Always ready to bend the rules to uncover the threads of a crime, Brunetti manages to maintain his integrity while maneuvering through a city rife with politics, corruption, and intrigue.

In A Noble Radiance a new landowner is summoned urgently to his house not far from Venice when workmen accidentally unearth a macabre grave. The human corpse is badly decomposed, but a ring found nearby proves to be a first clue that reopens an infamous case of kidnapping involving one of Venice's most aristocratic families. Only Commissario Brunetti can unravel the clues and find his way into both the heart of patrician Venice and that of a family grieving for their abducted son.

Baker & Taylor
The discovery of a badly decomposed corpse at a home not far from Venice reopens an infamous case of kidnapping that involves one of Venice's most important aristocratic families, as Commissario Brunetti races against time to uncover the truth about a chilling crime. Original.

Publisher: London : Heinemann, 1998
ISBN: 9780434004171
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 23 cm


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Dec 09, 2016

(The seventh book in the Guido Brunetti series)

Aug 17, 2014

Brunetti's called to this case in the country because the only identification for the body turned up by a tractor seems to be a distinctive signet ring with the seal of a prominent old Venetian family. The young man, the only child of the current Count and his wife, had been kidnapped a couple of years before. Two ransom notes were received, but the young man was never returned to his frantic parents. Brunetti finds many strange things about the case. When he solves it, with the help of Elettra, he is posed with a moral dilemma about what to do. This aspect is one of the things I love about Brunetti--he's a moral man, not just a cop. A dark story but one of Leon's best.

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