Trace Elements

Trace Elements

eBook - 2020
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"When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, waste no time in responding. "They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no," Benedetta Toso gasps the words about her recently deceased husband, Vittorio Fadalto. Even though he is not sure she can hear him, Brunetti softly promises he and Griffoni will look into what initially appears to be a private family tragedy. They discover that Fadalto worked in the field collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice's water supply and that he had died in a mysterious motorcycle accident. Distracted briefly by Vice Questore Patta's obsession with youth crime in Venice, Brunetti is bolstered once more by the remarkable research skills of Patta's secretary, Signora Elettra Zorzi. Piecing together the tangled threads, in time Brunetti comes to realize the perilous meaning in the woman's accusation and the threat it reveals to the health of the entire region. But justice in this case proves to be ambiguous, as Brunetti is reminded it can be when, seeking solace, he reads Aeschylus's classic play The Eumenides"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020.
ISBN: 9780802148698
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 01, 2020

Having read every Brunetti mystery and having looked forward to this one, I have to admit I was disappointed. Almost from the beginning of the story, the reader has a clear idea of the resolution. No big surprises here, but lots of philosophical musings from our beloved Commissario.

Apr 16, 2020

Commissarios Brunetti and Griffoni are called to a dying woman’s bedside to hear her last few words giving clues to her husband’s accidental death.

As ever, this 29th outing of Brunetti and his Venice Questura colleagues is a good one. Some new characters and questionable associations regarding some youthful pickpockets will lead me to look forward to her 30th!

Mar 23, 2020

Trace Elements continues the theme of Earthly Remains, the willing destruction of the Venice lagoon for profit, along with complicated human passions of jealousy and marital love. But here the theme includes a last chapter where Brunetti’s struggle with justice is laid on the table. Was his solution just or expedient? Perhaps I need to read Aeschylus.

debwalker Mar 20, 2020

Roam the streets of Venice with Guido Brunetti, the police commissario in Donna Leon’s atmospheric mystery series.

Mar 10, 2020

I too missed the inclusion of Paola, Brunetti's wife, though I don't miss their children. The enlarged inclusion of Griffoni is welcome.

I'm very surprised by a laughable error on p.182. One of Donna Leon's little conceits - or attractive features of Brunetti's character - is that he appreciates the ancient Greek dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; at this point of the story, Brunetti is reading The Eumenides (The Furies), the story of vengeance sought by Clytemnestra for her murder by Orestes, her son, in retaliation for her murder of Agamemnon, her husband, Orestes' father.

By some oversight, in a nearby following paragraph, Agamemnon - whom Brunetti does not like - is described as "rejected husband of Helen" of Troy. How could Donna Leon make such an error? and how could a competent proofreader miss it? Well, even Homer, the author of the Iliad, made a few mistakes - though none as great as that. Is Donna Leon slipping? or relying on a "ghost writer" to help? Hope not; I wish her more years, and books.


Mar 08, 2020

Another good book in the Comissario Guido Brunetti series. Although its bad deeds that bring the reader back to Venice, readers are rewarded not only in good storytelling but as armchair tourists. Like Brunetti I, too, wonder why people visit Venice in August. A woman’s dying words “Bad money” told to Brunetti and Griffoni in a Venice hospice, leads them beyond the city in the search for the meaning. What disappointed me in this book was the lack of interaction within Brunetti’s family. In the past, I have always enjoyed this look at a Venice family. But like in other books, Leon makes the point that Venice is overcome with tourists.

Mar 04, 2020

When are you getting the large print?

Feb 23, 2020

Awaiting availability of large print edition.

Dec 25, 2019

Need to have this book in large print.
Thank you.


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