By Donna Leon
Brett, an American who spearheaded a contemporary exhibition of chinese language pottery in Venice, lives along with her lover, Flavia Petrelli, the reigning diva of l. a. Scala. along with his open brain and stable feel, Brunetti unearths himself extra fazed by way of Flavia's breathtaking expertise than by way of the nontraditional dating among the 2 girls. Brunetti's planned and humane research to discover a rationale for Brett's beating takes him to darkish, rainy corners of Venice and right into a sinister net of artwork robbery, fakery and base human desires.
“Every fan’s first-pick Brunetti novel.” —The New Yorker
“Music and paintings mingle delightfully with homicide and mayhem during this very enticing story.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A refined examine of emotion and personality… a cosmopolitan mystery.” —Library Journal
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She wore no makeup and, seeing her with no it, Brunetti puzzled why she ever afflicted with it. ‘Buon giorno,’ she acknowledged, smiling and supplying him her hand, He stood to take it. Glancing at Brett, she integrated her in her subsequent comment. ‘I’m going to make espresso. could both of you're keen on a few? ’ Then with a grin, ‘A bit early for champagne. ’ Brunetti nodded yet Brett shook her head. Flavia became and disappeared into the kitchen. Her arrival and departure had, even if momentarily, deflected his final comment, yet now they'd no selection yet to come to it. ‘Why did they kill him? ’ Brett requested. ‘I don’t be aware of. an issue with the opposite humans concerned with him? A war of words approximately what to do, might be what to do approximately you? ’ ‘Are you convinced he was once killed as a result of all of this? ’ ‘I imagine it’s top to paintings on that assumption,’ he responded blandly, no longer stunned at her reluctance to determine it this manner. to take action, evidently, will be to confess her personal peril: with Matsuko and Semenzato either useless, she used to be the one one that knew in regards to the robbery. Whoever had killed Semenzato may have no concept that she had introduced facts, in addition to suspicions, again from China together with her, they usually must think that his loss of life may successfully finish the path. If the fraud may still ever be detected someday sooner or later, it used to be probably not that the govt of the People’s Republic of China might be moved to curiosity itself within the murderous greed of Western capitalists; it can most likely look for the thieves closer to domestic. ‘While they have been nonetheless in China, who was once in control of the items chosen for the exhibit? ’ ‘We handled a guy from the Beijing Museum, Xu Lin. He’s considered one of their major archaeologists and an excellent artwork historian. ’ ‘Did he accompany the indicates out of China? ’ She shook her head. ‘No, his political prior avoided that. ’ ‘Why? ’ ‘His grandfather used to be a landlord, so he used to be thought of politically bad or, not less than, suspect. ’ She observed Brunetti’s open glance of shock and defined. ‘I realize it sounds irrational. ’ Then, after a pause, she additional, ‘It is irrational, yet that’s how it is. He spent ten years throughout the Cultural Revolution herding pigs and spreading dung on cabbage fields. yet once the Revolution used to be over, he lower back to the college, and because he was once a super pupil, he couldn’t be saved from profitable the task in Beijing. yet they wouldn’t enable him depart the rustic. the single those that travelled with the exhibition have been celebration hacks who desired to move overseas to head procuring. ’ ‘And you. ’ ‘Yes, and me. ’ After a second, she additional in a low voice, ‘And Matsuko. ’ ‘So you’re the person who should be held answerable for the robbery? ’ ‘Of path, I’m dependable. They sincerely aren’t going to accuse the occasion cadres who got here alongside for the journey, now not after they have a Westerner to take the blame for the whole lot. ’ ‘What do you're thinking that occurred? ’ She shook her head. ‘Nothing is smart. Or I can’t think what does make experience. ’ ‘Which is?