A Venetian reckoning by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

Whilst a lorry crashes on one of many treacherous hair-pin bends within the Italian Dolomites even Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is appalled while he learns of its negative shipment. this can be Donna Leon's fourth novel to add Guido Brunetti.

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Signorina Elettra smiled, glad that she had again assisted the commissario towards understanding. ' 'No, not personally. I've read about her in the paper, of course. She's always involved in Worthy Causes,' she said, making the capitals audible. 'You know, like collecting food to send to Somalia, that gets stolen and sent to Albania and sold. Or organizing those gala concerts at La Fenice that never seem to do anything but cover expenses and give the organizers a chance to get dressed up and show off to their friends.

Trevisan was an important man. ' Brunetti asked. ', putting sharp emphasis on the second word to imply his disapproval of the question. 'About anything Trevisan might have been involved in,' Brunetti replied blandly. He was quite serious about this. The fact that a man was mayor did not exclude him from knowledge of the dirty secrets of his friends; in fact, the opposite was more likely to be the case. 'That is not a question I thought fit to ask the Mayor,' Patta answered Then maybe I will,' Brunetti said evenly.

Among the other bodies. As soon as the first officer, unable to understand what the truck drivers shouted to him, saw the broken forms around the wreckage of the truck, he climbed back up the hill and put in a radio call to the carabinieri station in Tarvisio. His call was answered quickly, and soon the traffic was worsened by the arrival of two cars carrying six black-uniformed carabinieri. They left their cars parked on the shoulder of the highway and lurched down the slope towards the truck.

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