Blood from a Stone (Mass Market Paperback)

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I have been a fan of Leon’s Comissario Guido Brunetti for quite a while.
Leon uses the relatively small and crime-free canvas of Venice for
riffs about Italian life, beautiful food, and best of all…the kind of
ingrown business and political corruption that seems to lurk just below
the surface. On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a street
vendor is murdered on the Camp San Stefano. The closest witnesses to
the event are tourists who had been browsing the dead man’s wares (fake
designer goods) before his death. The dead man had been working as a “vu
cumpra” one of the many African immigrants, without work permits who
trade outside of shop hours.
Warned by his superior to let the case drop, Brunetti becomes only more
determined to unearth the truth. Brunetti’s lovely wife, Paola, their
growing family and Brunetti’s quirky staff play larger roles than in
previous books making this a wonderful mystery.

— Julie


Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon’s internationally bestselling crime series, is back, in a novel that combines an ingenious plot with an alluring portrait of contemporary Venice. On a cold December night, a Senegalese man who sells counterfeit fashion accessories is killed on the Campo Santo Stefano. What first appears to be a straightforward clash between rival dealers soon raises questions: What was a penniless foreigner doing with a fortune in diamonds? And why does Brunetti’s boss want him off the case? Fans of Donna Leon will be thrilled with Blood from a Stone, as Brunetti delves into the secrets of Venice’s immigrant community and continues to uncover corruption in the upper echelons of the government.

About the Author

A New Yorker of Irish/Spanish descent, Donna Leon first went to Italy in 1965, returning regularly over the next decade or so while pursuing a career as an academic in the States and then later in Iran, China and finally Saudi Arabia. It was after a period in Saudi Arabia, which she found 'damaging physically and spiritually' that Donna decided to move to Venice, where she has now lived for over twenty years.Her debut as a crime fiction writer began as a joke: talking in a dressing room in Venice's opera-house La Fenice after a performance, Donna and a singer friend were vilifying a particular German conductor. From the thought 'why don't we kill him?' and discussion of when, where and how, the idea for Death at La Fenice took shape, and was completed over the next four months. Donna Leon is the crime reviewer for the London Sunday Times and is an opera expert. She has written the libretto for a comic opera, entitled Dona Gallina. Set in a chicken coop, and making use of existing baroque music, Donna Gallina was premiered in Innsbruck. Brigitte Fassbaender, one of the great mezzo-sopranos of our time, and now head of the Landestheater in Innsbruck, agreed to come out of retirement both to direct the opera and to play the part of the witch Azuneris (whose name combines the names of the two great Verdi villainesses Azucena and Amneris).

Praise For…

"Stunning... Leon combines an engrossing, complex plot with an indictment of the corruption endemic in Italian society." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"One of the best of the international crime writers is Donna Leon, and her Commissario Guido Brunetti tales..." —Rocky Mountain News

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143036982
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2006
Pages: 384

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