In the twenty-seventh novel in Donna Leon's bestselling mystery series, a suspicious accident leads Commissario Guido Brunetti to uncover a longstanding scam with disturbing unintended consequencesThe memorable characters and Venetian drama that have long captivated Donna Leons many readers are on full display in The Temptation of Forgiveness. Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from the Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is surprised more consequentially by the appearance of a friend of his wifes, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Brunetti can somehow intervene. When Tullio Gasparini, the womans husband, is found unconscious and with a serious brain injury at the foot of a bridge in Venice after midnight, Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boys behavior. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is not straightforward.As the twenty-seventh novel unfolds in Donna Leons exquisite chronicle of Venetian life in all its blissful and sordid aspects, Brunetti pursues several false and contradictory leads while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness and craftiness of Signorina Elettra, Pattas secretary and gate-keeper. Exasperated by the petty bureaucracy that constantly bedevils him and threatens to expose Signorina Elettra, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. This predilection leads him to read Sophocles Antigone, and, in its light, consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead....
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The Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti #27) Reviews
This is the 27th book in the long running series of police procedurals by Donna León. I have read them all and enjoyed them all. They are not brutal or pornographic or sensational. The subject is the city of Venice itself as it is experienced by Commissrio Brunetti as he tries to keep his bearings while he tries to solve typical urban crimes and deals with political corruption. What I like so much about Brunetti is his family and their often funny interactions; his observations on the passing Ve ...more
I read EARTHLY REMAINS last year and was reminded how much I liked Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti books. My opinion changed after reading THE TEMPTATION OF FORGIVENESS.
I thought that the book (#27 in the series) was a patchwork put together to meet a publishing deadline. The plot wound around issues and people unrelated to the plot. The pharmacy scam that is central to discovering the culprits was a little thin and bizarre. Let's hope that Donna Leon does a better job on her next book.
Guido Brunetti is a thoughtful, compassionate, and even-tempered man, who is well-read and curious about human behavior. Even he might admit that his job as Commissario di Polizia in Venice is not particularly taxing. Brunetti relies heavily on the expertise of the incomparable Signora Elletra Zorzi, who apparently can hack into any database at will. When Brunetti needs medical, employment, or financial records, many of which are confidential, the commissario asks Signorina Elletra for help, and ...more
This is the 27th of the Comissario Brunetti series by Leon. As loyal readers know this series revolves around Guido Brunetti and his sidekicks fighting for justice in Venice, Italy. All the regulars make an appearance in the investigation of a man found at the bottom of the stone steps by a bridge. The victim's wife had previously come to Guido with concern that her high school son was using drugs.
Kind of takes awhile to get going but this turns out to be an attack on the sale of medical drugs t ...more
At one point in this tale, Commissario Brunetti and his wife, Paola, are speaking about the folly of fiction. How it has pat endings that don't happen in real life. Brunetti quips that "fiction is fiction," which Paola thinks is hilarious. I'm wondering if that was the structure of this book, as I found the ending unsatisfactory. The story itself was meandering, with many loose ends, and it seemed like Leon was making it up as she went. One plot line was never resolved at all. I was waiting for ...more
Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti has another puzzling case, this one involving drugs. Is someone selling drugs in an exclusive local private school? Is there some irregularity involving the drugs sold at a certain pharmacy to elderly Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients? And what really happened to the man found with severe head injuries on a bridge at the dead of night? Donna Leon crafts another well-written mystery, a must-read for fans of both the series and of Venice.
3/7/18 Full review tk. I wanted to like this a lot more than I ultimately did.
Guido Brunetti is following the most usual police work for any city. It's an assault with resultant severe to possibly fatal injury to a man who has fallen over a railing and down a bridged overpass. He (the victim) is a husband too to one of Paola's teaching co-workers, the Professor of Architect Design. Other than a domestic (and could this BE one)- it's the most common thieving grab or revenge or drunken brawl type of occurrence. How did he fall? Why are there marks on his wrist as if from fi ...more