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The death of faith - or perhaps not?
on 19 August 2012
Published in the US as Quietly in Their Sleep, Donna Leon's sixth book in the Guido Brunetti series continues to engage, perplex and surprise in a way that few other "crime" novellists do. Brunetti's character unfolds, as do those of his family and his colleagues within the Venice Questura. So, for example, we read on page 256 that "Brunetti knew he was a man of many weaknesses: pride, indolence and wrath, to name those he thought most evident, but he also knew that greed was not among them, and so, when confronted with its many manifestations, Brunetti always felt himself in the presence of the alien. He knew it was a common, perhaps the most common, vice,and he could certainly apprehend it with his mind, but it always failed to move his heart, and it left his spirit cold." Amen! A complex novel, treating complex issues in an accessible fashion and doing so much more effectively than other attempts to shed light on the dark role and purpose of Opus Dei. My only regret is that this isn't available as a Kindle edition.