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A Noble Radiance: (Brunetti 7) [Paperback]

Donna Leon
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6 Aug 2009 Brunetti (Book 7)
In a small village at the foot of the Italian Dolomites, the gardens of a deserted farmhouse have lain untouched for decades. But the new owner, keen for renovations to begin, is summoned urgently to the house when his workmen disturb a macabre grave. Wild animals have done their grisly work and the human corpse is badly decomposed. Then a valuable signet ring is found close by, providing the first vital clue. It leads Commissario Guido Brunetti right to the heart of aristocratic Venice, to a family still grieving for its abducted son ...

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099536668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099536666
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donna Leon has lived in Venice for many years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Through A Glass, Darkly, Suffer the Little Children, The Girl of His Dreams, and most recently, About Face.

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"In her detective novels with Commissario Brunetti, Donna Leon can paralyse the reader with a joyful suspense, lost in the environs of Venice and hopelessly in love with her central character and his wife" (Mail on Sunday)

"The marvel of this book is that almost every detail on every page forms part of a succession of clues, planted with exquisite precision, to unravelling the mystery" (Sunday Times)

"Goes a long way to confirming Donna Leon's claim to have taken literary possession of Venice ... A Noble Radiance gives the reader a delightful foretaste of the summer holidays to come, but it also offers much more than that" (Independent on Sunday)

About the Author

Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna's books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world.

Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It depends what you expect 14 Oct 2009
By G. M. Sinstadt VINE VOICE
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As I close this book there are a handful of reviews here which all have something relevant to say. Among the disappointed are those who complain of slow pace and a plot which is often virtually static. True, but they bought the wrong book. Donna Leon doesn't aspire to write another Italian Job; she is, as others have observed, interested in moral issues, in personal relationships, in truth and justice and corruption. For example, she can deal perceptively with the fur trade in a couple of paragraphs, leave the reader thoughtful before turning the page. Her novels tend to have texture rather than line, and it is easy to believe that to be true of police work.

Devotees may regret that in A Noble Radiance there is less of Venice itself than in the earlier books, but that is compensated by further insights into the character or the Brunetti family. They feel more and more like real people who cook, worry about children, squabble and make up within the context of a family whose lives are touched by the Commissario's often unpleasant job.

Plotwise, the noble Lorenzoni's push the boundaries of credibility but just about survive. The coincidence of the role played by Brunetti's brother is crucial and artfully planted early; many a mystery story has relied on the device but it leaves a faint feeling of cheating. And not for the first time, Signorina Ellettra, with her contacts and her computer, proves to be the most capable detective in the Questura. But she is a secretary - and one whose generous disposal of public funds at the florists might one day merit a thought or two from Brunetti himself.

A Noble Radiance is a good book which, read with the right expectations, will entertain and provoke.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 REVIEWER
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First Sentence: There was nothing much to notice about the field, a hundred-metre square of dry grass below a small village in the foothills of the Dolomites.

On the recently purchased property of a doctor near the Italian Dolomites is found the much decomposed body of a young man. Near it is a ring bearing the crest of the Lorenzonis, one of Italy's most aristocratic families, whose son had been abducted two years ago. Comm. Guido Brunetti reviews the file and decides to unofficially re-investigate the case. The more he learns, the more he questions whether the kidnapping was as it appeared.

Leon writes some of my favorite characters. Guido Brunetti has a strong moral and ethical code as well as a need to seek out what is just. He has a strong marriage and a close relationship with his children, although these were relatively absent from this book, and is developing a closer relationship with his wife's parents. Then there is the remarkable Signorina Elettra, of whom each reader should have the pleasure of discovering on their own. I particularly like that, in this book, we learn more of Guido's own family and his past. I also appreciate that we see the principal characters grow and develop with each book in the series.

The book is so well written and I love her use of language. There is a classicism to it that reflects the characters and the author and makes her books such a pleasure to read.

Leon creates a very strong sense of place that takes the reader along with the characters. I've not visited Venice, but nearly forget that when I read her books. Her descriptions of food always leave me heading for the kitchen.

The plot was very well done. In essence, it is a story of families and the impact they can have upon us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Indifferent 24 Dec 2011
By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE
Very difficult to review this novel. From start to finish, it left me indifferent, but I don't think that makes it a bad book, or one to be avoided.

The pace is modest. There are some good lines. The plot is best not examined too closely. Brunetti, by now in his seventh novel, should really be a fuller, better-defined character but he left me indifferent. All I picked up was that he liked food, his family and possessed a high sense of moral duty.

The ensemble cast were notable by their fleeting appearances although, like Brunetti, it is easy to have a soft spot for his secretary Elettra. Mrs Leon's style is untaxing and undemanding.

If you want an introduction to Brunetti and like a good whodunnit I would not start here. The 'suspect' list is very short. There are a lot of fans who read more into this author's work than is merited but that doesn't make this a bad book. It's just indifferent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY STIMULATING 1 Mar 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars a slow burn story. 17 Feb 2014
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A Noble Radience finds Commissario Brunetti wearied and non-plussed: looking into what is, effectively, a cold case - the murder of a nobleman's son, a kidnap victim, found two years after the original case had come to a dead end. The Count Lorenzoni's family and people involved at the time, are uncooperative, clues as to who the kidnappers might be, non-existent and the body decomposed and indentifiable only by a ring and dental records which offers up little or no clue of the eventual solution. The pace is slow and the story weaves into the life and fears of Brunetti himself and those he loves: what if this had been his own son? In the end this is a very human story, full of contradictions and questions and the history of a family mired in scandal and full of secrets. Definitely a slow burn story, but a rewarding read by a first class crime writer. The ending is a surprise, the more so since there is no inkling or obvious relation to the ending in the earlier parts of the text, leaving the book just a little unresolved.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A noble radiance
Always enjoy her books and the the sights and sounds of Venice. Interesting themes without unnecessary violence. You feel you really know Commisario Brunetti and family
Published 6 months ago by Freda G
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Excellent story,very good example of the Brunetti tales .Interestingf portrayals of Venetian life and politics and Brunetti's philosophical; ramblings.. Entertaining
Published 6 months ago by raykiln
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
As all Donna Leon's Brunetti novels, the plot is set against the family and work circumstances of its main character. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Margo
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware
I made the mistake of not checking when this was published and thought because this edition was published in 2012 that it was safe to buy - only to find in the first chapter that I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sisalka
5.0 out of 5 stars Brunetti
Donna Leon sets her Brunetti tales in a believable Italian context. Being set in this contradictory and vibrant culture adds to the enjoyment of passing the time with her... Read more
Published 10 months ago by K M Breen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brunetti
What a characterful detective, with a gastronomic cruise of Venice included.

Donna Leon never ceases to amaze, with Brunetti in an environment that he almost wears
Published 11 months ago by Dusty
4.0 out of 5 stars Venezia!
Brilliiant detective story-teller! Very convincing soryline - and set in Venice makes this a perfect book for me! Will buy more of her work.
Published 12 months ago by J. Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read, each page contributes to the whole
This is the seventh of Donna Leon's novels, published in 1998, about Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleagues in the Venice Questura. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dr R
5.0 out of 5 stars multi-layered, intensely human, a man of integrity in a nasty world
A gradually unfolding plot with excellent, delightful relationships- B. and Paula, B and Patta, B and Vianello, B and Elettra
Published 13 months ago by bn crewe
5.0 out of 5 stars venice again
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Published 14 months ago by A. G. Holderness
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