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The Golden Egg: (Brunetti 22)
 
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The Golden Egg: (Brunetti 22) [Kindle Edition]

Donna Leon
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"The familiar characters and Venetian location are described with remarkable freshness and, as always, the edifying result is both amusing and thought-provoking" Sunday Telegraph "Leon's impeccably plotted, utterly involving Italian-set novels (featuring the food-loving Commissario Brunetti) have rarely been less than excellent. So it proves with the latest, The Golden Egg. Involved in routine enquiries into a possible bribery case, Brunetti hears from his wife Paola of the death of an educationally-challenged man who worked at the Brunetti's dry cleaners ... The Golden Egg is Donna Leon on top form." The Good Book Guide "If there's a writer for whom the law of diminishing returns has been revoked, it's Donna Leon. The doyenne of Italian crime fiction, whose stamina in returning time and again to her Venetian beat is matched only by her curiosity, she has proved herself, in the space of 22 titles, not only an able detective novelist, but the author of something more substantial ... It is one of the joys of Leon's work that she can take readers into the sinister heart of Italy, and yet, in the person of Brunetti and his companions, convince us that not all is lost." Herald "The introspective Brunetti, a man with a healthy sense of the absurd and a sharp eye for the fading grandeur of the city's architecture, makes for good company as he negotiates the perilous labyrinth of Venetian police office politics. Deceptively languid in its pace and a masterclass in mood, The Golden Egg . is a meticulously crafted example of how even the most apparently innocuous of crimes can reveal a trove of history." Irish Times "Donna Leon is better than ever.Superb." WI Life

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Celebrated by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers, Donna Leon brings Venice to life in the twenty-second Brunetti novel of this bestselling series, where our detective must uncover the mystery surrounding a mute man's murder.

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Celebrated by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers, Donna Leon brings Venice to life in the twenty-second Brunetti novel of this bestselling series, where our detective must uncover the mystery surrounding a mute man's murder.



When making routine enquiries into a possible bribery case that could embarrass the mayor – a humiliation Vice-Questore Patta is very keen to avoid – Commissario Brunetti receives a call from his wife, Paola, who is evidently very upset. The middle-aged deaf mute with the mental age of a child who helped out at the Brunetti’s dry cleaners has been found dead – an ‘accidental’ overdose of his mother’s sleeping pills – and Paola is distraught by the news. To the neighbourhood he was just the ‘boy’ who helped out, but nobody knew much about him – not even his name. That a soul could have lived such a joyless life is too much for Paola to bear, and she asks Guido if he can find out what happened.



It is a surprise to Brunetti just how little was known about this man-child – there are no official records to show he even existed. The man’s mother is angry and contradictory when questioned about his death, and Brunetti senses that there much more to the story than she is willing to tell. With the help of Inspector Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra, perhaps Brunetti can get to the truth and find some measure of solace.

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While making routine enquiries into a possible bribery case, Commissario Brunetti receives a call from his wife, Paola. The deaf-mute man who worked at the Brunetti’s dry cleaners has been found dead. An empty bottle of pills points to suicide, but Paola is unconvinced. To the neighbourhood he was the ‘boy’ who helped out, but nobody knew much about him – not even his name. That a soul could have lived such a joyless and lonely life is too much for Paola to bear, and she begs her husband to do something, anything.

It is a surprise to Brunetti just how little was known about this man-child. His mother is angry and contradictory when questioned about his death, and Brunetti can find no official records to prove he even existed. With the help of Inspector Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra, the Commissario sets out to discover the truth in what rapidly becomes a dark and troubling case.

The Golden Egg is the eagerly anticipated twenty-second instalment in the internationally acclaimed, bestselling Commissario Brunetti series – a captivating, harrowing and emotionally powerful crime thriller of the first order.

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Praise for

'The fabulous Donna Leon'

Antonia Fraser, Spectator

'She is a truly fine novelist, period, and should be acclaimed as such.' Times Literary Supplement

'Leon's books are a joy' Guardian

'Donna Leon's elegant, effortless style ... details of home-cooked meals and family arguments, alongside a never-ending flow of crime, add depth to Leon's stories and are what make her characters so believable and, in turn, her books so readadble.' Independent

'[Leon's] portrait of Venice and modern Italy is, as always, captivating' Evening Standard

'Leon never fails to impress with her carefully wrought plots and believable characters.' Daily Mail

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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