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The Resource Blood from a stone. | Blood from a stone, Donna Leon, (overdrive ebook)

Blood from a stone. | Blood from a stone, Donna Leon, (overdrive ebook)

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Blood from a stone
Title
Blood from a stone
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Donna Leon
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eng
Summary
In a mystery that offers an unexpected take on life in contemporary Venice, Commissario Guido Brunetti plunges into the Venetian underworld of illegal African immigrants as he investigates after a street vendor is killed in a scuffle
Title
Blood from a stone
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Summary
Commissario Guido Brunetti plunges into the Venetian underworld of illegal African immigrants as he investigates the killing of a street vendor
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Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ The appeal of Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon’s long-running Venetian crime series, comes not from his shrewdness, though he is plenty shrewd, nor from his quick wit. It comes, instead, from his role as an everyman. He is trapped in an impenetrable bureaucracy; his bosses are either foolish or corrupt; he lacks the power to catch the bad guys or to bring about justice. He is a cop, but his workaday world feels much like yours and mine. So it is here, as he attempts to investigate the peculiar murder of an illegal immigrant, a vu cumbra. The victim, a Senegalese street vendor, is shot, assassination style, as he peddles fake handbags to tourists. The murder brings out the latent racism of the locals, and as Brunetti attempts to come to terms with his own feelings about the immigrants, he realizes that the crime is only the tip of an iceberg that he will never be allowed to explore. He soldiers on, though, solving nothing, but doing good around the edges and making some sense of his feelings and those of his wife and children, also struggling with a new world in which the old assumptions no longer hold. Not so different from our own days at the office or nights around the dinner table. Crime fiction for those willing to grapple with, rather than escape, the uncertainties of daily life. -- Bill Ott (BookList, 03-01-2005, p1148)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this stunning novel, the 14th to feature the dogged, intuitive Venetian police detective Guido Brunetti (after 2004's Doctored Evidence ), Leon combines an engrossing, complex plot with an indictment of the corruption endemic to Italian society. The murder of an anonymous African street vendor, an inoffensive, possibly illegal Senegalese immigrant, explodes into a many-layered conundrum. Italian attitudes toward "Senegali" range from the bargain shoppers' approval of their harmless efforts to earn money selling knock-off accessories to legitimate merchants' outrage at competition from the cheaper goods. After Brunetti discovers uncut diamonds hidden in the victim's spartan room and evidence the room was searched, the Interior and Foreign Affairs Ministries take over the case and all of Brunetti's pertinent files, papers and computer disappear. Enraged, Brunetti sidesteps normal police procedures and taps into personal and professional sources, uncovering evidence linking the victim, the Angolan civil war, the Italian secret service and an industrial giant with government connections. Many of Leon's favorite characters appear, including the gourmand Brunetti's family, the obsequious Vice-Questore Giuseppe Patta and Patta's irreverent secretary, Signorina Elletra. They balance this dark, cynical tale of widespread secrecy, violence and corruption. Agent, Susanne Bauknecht, Diogenes Verlag (Switzerland). (May 26) --Staff (Reviewed March 21, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 12, p38)
  • /* Starred Review */ When an illegal alien (or vu cumpra ) from Africa, who's selling fake designer handbags, is killed execution-style in a crowded Venice market, the case creates personal crises for Leon's endearing police Commissario Guido Brunetti (Doctored Evidence ) as well as international ramifications. For Brunetti, the firestorm starts when his daughter, Chiara, horrifies her mother, Paola, by saying it was "only a vu cumpra ," leading to family discussions of race and class. Then warning flags appear for the commissario: his superior warns him to drop the case, Brunetti finds uncut diamonds among the victim's belongings, and the Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs show undue interest. Brunetti persists, of course, following threads and calling upon the expertise of friends and relatives, to the point of possibly endangering persons close to him at home and at work. Despite the dispiriting and all-too-plausible ending, the evocative Venetian setting and the warmth and humanity of the Brunetti family add considerable pleasure to this nuanced, intelligent mystery; another winner from the Venice-based Leon. Highly recommended for all mystery collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/05.]—Michele Leber, Arlington, VA --Michele Leber (Reviewed April 1, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 6, p73)
  • /* Starred Review */ Commissario Guido Brunetti's 14th case (Doctored Evidence, 2004, etc.) may be his best yet—not that he'd see it that way himself.The murder is so commonplace that the victim isn't even dignified with a name. He's just the black man placidly selling designer luggage off a sheet spread at Venice's Campo Santo Stefano, his life ended by five shots fired by two equally unruffled killers who give every sign of being professionals. Despite the crowds of potential witnesses, nobody's seen anything, nobody knows anything, and there's no evidence of anything until Brunetti's painstaking investigation leads him to a box of salt with no reason for being in an empty house. Just as he's beginning to make real progress, however, he's abruptly warned off the case by Vice-Questore Giuseppe Patta, his complacent, incompetent boss. Maybe the reason is simple racism of the sort Brunetti's own daughter Chiara displays when she says dismissively that the victim "wasn't one of us." But maybe there are sterner forces behind the warning: interference from what Brunetti, en route to an understanding powerless to bring about justice, calls "governmental, ecclesiastical, and criminal" forces, reflecting, "The great tragedy of his country ...was how equal they were as contenders." Leon's most adroit balance of teasing mystery, Brunetti's droll battles with his co-workers and higher-ups, and intimations of something far deeper and darker behind the curtain. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2005)
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133300
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TEFOD
Dewey number
813/.54
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Guido Brunetti mysteries
Series volume
0014
Target audience
adult
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Donna Leon
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Blood from a Stone
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Short Desc
Blood from a Stone brings Donna Leon's celebrated character Commissario Guido Brunetti back on the scene: On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death-fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man is one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and trading without a work permit.<BR>Like everybody involved, Commissario Brunetti wonders why anyone would kill an illegal immigrant. But once Brunetti begins to investigate this unfamiliar Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake within the secretive society.<BR>Warned by Patta, his superior, to resist further involvement in the case, Brunetti only becomes more determined to unearth the truth behind this mysterious killing. Reluctant as he is to let this event be smugly relegated to the category...
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Blood from a Stone brings Donna Leon's celebrated character Commissario Guido Brunetti back on the scene: On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death-fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man is one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and trading without a work permit.<BR>Like everybody involved, Commissario Brunetti wonders why anyone would kill an illegal immigrant. But once Brunetti begins to investigate this unfamiliar Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake within the secretive society.<BR>Warned by Patta, his superior, to resist further involvement in the case, Brunetti only becomes more determined to unearth the truth behind this mysterious killing. Reluctant as he is to let this event be smugly relegated to the category of "not worth dealing with," how far will Brunetti be able to penetrate the murky subculture in this illegal community? Blood from a Stone is an exquisite and irresistible mystery offering an unexpected take on life in contemporary Venice.
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