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Transient Desires

Transient Desires

Book - 2021 | First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
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"In his many years as a commissario, Guido Brunetti has seen all manner of crime and known intuitively how to navigate the various pathways in his native city, Venice, to discover the person responsible. Now, in Transient Desires, the thirtieth novel in Donna Leon's masterful series, he faces a heinous crime committed outside his jurisdiction. He is drawn in innocently enough: two young American women have been badly injured in a boating accident, joy riding in the Laguna with two young Italians. However, Brunetti's curiosity is aroused by the behavior of the young men, who abandoned the victims after taking them to the hospital. If the injuries were the result of an accident, why did they want to avoid association with it? As Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, investigate the incident, they discover that one of the young men works for a man rumored to be involved in more sinister nighttime activities in the Laguna. To get to the bottom of what proves to be a gut-wrenching case, Brunetti needs to enlist the help of both the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Costiera. Determining how much trust he and Griffoni can put in these unfamiliar colleagues adds to the difficulty of solving a peculiarly horrible crime whose perpetrators are technologically brilliant and ruthlessly organized. Donna Leon's Transient Desires is as powerful as any novel she has written, testing Brunetti to his limits and forcing him to listen very carefully for the truth"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2021
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780802158178
Branch Call Number: MYS LEON-D
Characteristics: 272 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Apr 20, 2021

This was not the 'normal' Brunetti novel - lots and lots of details to surroundings. I like the Brunetti that thinks and figures things out. Just saying...

Apr 17, 2021

Another book about drinking coffee, eating pasta, complaining about tourists and corrupt government. As an aside Brunetti does some detective work. I keep hoping that she'll write like she did in the early novels.

Apr 08, 2021

Barbara recommended

Mar 13, 2021

This book is #30 in the Guido Brunetti series and there are some changes taking place. Characters, who in past volumes have played major roles (Patta, Paola, Raffi, Chiara, Elettra, and Vianello) have minimal interactions with Brunetti in this mystery. He instead teams up with Claudia Griffoni and they also enlist the help of the Coast Guard and the Carabinieri. The resultant teamwork is more physically dangerous and tense than we have experienced in many of the books of the series. Brunetti has always been a philosopher, a man who outsmarts his suspects but he has to engage in physical danger here. There are numerous passages where Brunetti becomes lost in thought, looks to the past, and uncharacteristically at the beginning of the adventure arrives hours late for work on successive days. You feel like he is winding down. Is Leon starting to "retire" him?? The book ended very abruptly. I would have appreciated one more chapter telling us of the status of the characters. It was better than her last volume. And, good news, the publisher has improved the map that has always graced the inside covers of the books.

Mar 09, 2021

In the 30th Commissario Brunetti novel, Donna Leon continues her love story to Venice with another crime investigation. Like many of the past books, the actual crime is not the focus of the investigation, rather it is the steppingstone to questionable people involved in the crime. When Brunetti becomes interested in the dumping of two unconscious American women at a hospital, his curiosity leads him to a human trafficking business. The ending was too abrupt for me. I really wanted to know what happened to the two young Italian men who were caught up in this mess, but I can imagine the ending I want. I am satisfied Brunetti has used his intelligence to solve another case.


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