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
First Sentence: Having left the apartment smack on time so as to arrive at the Questura on time for a meeting with his superior, Brunetti found himself seated toward the rear of a Number One vaporetto, glancing idly through a copy of that morning’s Gazzettino.
Commissario Guido Brunetti is approached by a co-worker of his wife asking his help in stopping the people she thinks may be selling drugs to her son. Unfortunately, there is really nothing he can do. When her husband, Tullio Gasparini, is ...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.
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.
This tale is exactly about the temptation of forgiveness -- when all those subtle mistakes, misdemeanors, misunderstandings, misdirectives, that are a part of the ordinary or the "slightly bent," and all those suspicions that we think we can justify or that can originate from fears and then embellished and seem to be exactly what you imagined them to be -- but aren't-- and all those problems that arise from our cultural shortcomings that can hurt those we love and want to protect, those around u ...more
This is the twenty-seventh book in the Commissario Brunetti series of crime novels which follow the crime investigations lead by Brunetti and his team in and around the beautiful city of Venice.
In this story Brunetti gets caught up in a complex mystery surrounding the alleged vicious attack on a man who is discovered unconscious near Ponte de Forner and whilst the man is not personally known to Brunetti, it appears that the man's wife, Professoressa Crosera, is a colleague of Brunetti's wife. 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
Again, one sees the wonderful empathy of Brunetti in yet one more well done book about his life. A woman who is a friend of Paola's comes to Brunetti because she thinks her young son may be on drugs. Brunetti checks out the man who is supposedly in charge of drugs in the area and finds the man is very sick and confined to his home. Then he gets a call in the middle of the night that a man is found unconscious on a bridge. At the hospital, he recognizes the husband of Paola's friend. Griffoni and ...more
As always, the incomparable Donna Leon provides another satisfying mystery and general commentary on life, Venetian and otherwise, featuring her longstanding protagonist Commissario Guido Brunetti. Leon writes with a philosophical, wry, dark tone that well suits the intricacies of Italian life, politics, and culture. Where else will you find a police commissioner reading the plays of Sophocles and musing about their meaning or commenting on Argumentum ad Absurdum at work? These stories (this is ...more