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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audiobooks (3 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856869725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856869720
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 969,155 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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The latest of Donna Leon's novels about principled Venetian cop Brunetti, Blood from a Stone is one of her timeliest. Two mysterious white men carry out a professional hit on one of the Somali traders who illegally hawk counterfeit luggage in a local square, and for some reason, Brunetti's superiors are remarkably keen that the case be left unsolved. Is this mere casual institutional racism, or something even more sinister? Brunetti, like many other fictional policemen, has no particular gift for obedience to unreasonable orders, and has also a left-wing academic wife to prod his already active conscience. Donna Leon is not usually as political as she is here; this is one of her more biting thrillers in its indictment of international trade and the security state.

Brunetti has rarely been this melancholy--this is a thriller set in the dead of a Venice winter, and the cold, wet winds eat into our bones as we read. ---Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'Wonderfully familiar characters, a powerful sense of place and expert plotting' -- Guardian

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. A. H. Done on 14 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been reading Donna Leon since her very first book, and rate her very highly, and is a real favourite. Brunetti and his family become like friends as you read her books, and her evocation of Venice is always done with a delicacy of touch that is pleasing. She is a truly fine crime writer...but... sadly there is a caveat. In Blood From a Stone, and indeed in her last couple of books, I fear that she is either: Slightly jaded and bored wih her creation, or under pressure to turn out more books when she is not really inspired.
The storyline is thin, rather obvious and unengaging. There is no 'magic' in the storytelling, and she appears equally uninspired by it. I feel sad to write this, but just like your favourite pop band, every new release cannot surpass the previous.
If you are a committed fan, you will have to read this book, and you will, if you are new to Leon, then PLEASE take an earlier book - something like 'A noble radiance'or 'Death at la Fenice' first, and become hooked...
And Ms Leon: PLEASE, Take a rest and recharge the batteries, and then bounce back, re-invigorated!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2005
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Another episode in Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti series cannot come too soon! In this, the 14th book, Leon's inimitable policeman is once agan, well, inimitable. It was a dark, icy and anything but a sleepy wintry night in Venice, when suddenly five shots ring out, or so it goes. However, Leon's "Blood from a Stone" is anything but simple or trite.
A young African man, a "vu compra" (one of the illegal immigrants known as "venditore ambulante," who sell counterfeit designer luggage in the local squares) is shot dead by two men. It is so professionally done that when Brunetti arrives on the scene, there is little wonder that little or no evidence, save the dead body, remains. What does remain, however, is enough to trigger Brunetti's suspicion that this is no ordinary shooting and that darker, more sinister, even evil, forces lie simply beneath the surface.
Thus, armed with his usual loyal team members (Signorina Ellatra and Sgt. Vianello,among others), Brunetti once again sets out to solve this case and once again he meets head on the opposition from his own superiors. By now, of course, Brunetti knows that there is a much bigger picture here and to tread lightly is an undestatement. Still, with his usual tenacity, teamed up with his own unique code of ethics ("for an Italian law officer"), he begins the investigation, which, as Leon usually does, leads us into waters where no angels (or sensible police chiefs) would dare to tread. "Blood from a Stone" looks into a red-hot international political picture, one very real and seems to know no boundaries, or even depths to which it extends. These socially significant issues generally transcend into Brunetti's personal life, his wife (an academician and healthy liberal in her own right at a Venezian university) and two children.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Carlo Vennarucci on 5 Feb. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Donna Leon's 14th Guido Brunetti mystery novel explores contemporary issues in Italy and the magical city of Venice. She skillfully uses her good Commissario, his family, and his colleagues to make political and social statements about Italy and global problems.
The story begins with the execution-style murder of an illegal African street vendor in a busy Venetian campo while he was attempting to sell his fake designer handbags to a group of American tourists. (An African street seller is called a vú cumprá, which is an Italian slang term for you wanna buy? -- the official and more PC Italian term is extracomunitario.) Commissario Brunetti, called to investigate the killing, realizes just how little he knows about these illegal street sellers -- where they're from, how they got to Italy, where they live, how they survive. With the help of his loyal sidekick Vianello, and the stunning, computer savvy Signorina Elettra, he gets a foothold on the case when he locates where the victim lived. He finds some critical evidence in the vú cumprá's apartment, but doesn't report it because he doesn't trust it in the hands of the police hierarchy. Just when he is making progress on the case, Vice Questore Patta, Brunetti's annoying, slow-witted boss, orders him to stop the investigation which has been taken over by not one but two Italian ministries in Rome. Naturally, Brunetti, determined to find out what is behind all this intrigue, disobeys and has to tap into his connected and powerful father-in-law, Count Falier, in his search for answers.
The book is set at Christmas time in Venice. Leon describes the seasonal festivities in marvelous detail. As always, Brunetti's wife Paola and kids Chiara and Raffi get a fair amount of stage time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Once more to the vagaries of Venetian life as seen through the pen of Donna Leon and through the eyes of Commissario Brunetti.

As with all the author's books so far, it is not the initial murder which takes centre stage but rather the life and times of Brunetti and the people he needs to deal with on a day to day basis.

This is good; it removes the reader from the heavy handed action crime thrillers of which there are so many these days, to the much slower paced lifestyle of a man who loves his family, loves his food and loves his Venice. There are some things he doesn't like and in this book, the author uses Brunetti as a mouthpiece for those areas of curruption, greed in high places and politicians in general she takes exception to. Rather like a converted smoker who rails against those still smoking. Leon stands up vigorously for her adopted home against the policies of those in power. It's all good fun. Brunetti struggles against his superiors but, fortunately, has the help, as ever, of his Inspector Viallano and the Signorina Elettra, in his never ending confrontations.

Blood diamonds are the motive behind the murder, so people in high places pull strings to keep Brunetti at arm's length, finally taking the case away from him. Naturally, Brunetti ignores all this in his own inimitable way and we are treated to some serious sleuthing to reach a result. It's not fast, it's not manic but the job is done.

Another enjoyable slice of Venetian life.
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