Unto Us a Son Is Given (Guido Brunetti Series #28)

Unto Us a Son Is Given (Guido Brunetti Series #28)

by Donna Leon

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Overview

“Your situation is always ambiguous, isn’t it, Guido?”, his father-in-law, Count Orazio Falier, observes of Donna Leon’s soulful detective, Guido Brunetti, at the beginning of her superb 28th Brunetti novel, Unto Us A Son Is Given. “The world we live in makes that necessary,” Brunetti presciently replies. Count Falier was urging his Venetian son-in-law to investigate, and preferably intervene in, the seemingly innocent plan of the Count’s best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodríguez de Tejada, to adopt a much younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws this man would then be heir to Gonzalo’s entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalo’s friends find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why the old man, a close family friend, can’t be allowed his pleasure in peace.

And yet, what seems innocent on the Venetian surface can cause tsunamis beneath. Gonzalo unexpectedly, and literally, drops dead on the street, and one of his friends just arrived in Venice for the memorial service, is strangled in her hotel room—having earlier sent Gonzalo an email saying “We are the only ones who know you cannot do this,” referring to the adoption. Now with an urgent case to solve, Brunetti reluctantly untangles the long-hidden mystery in Gonzalo’s life that ultimately led to murder—a resolution that brings him way more pain than satisfaction.

Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly plumbs the twists and turns of the human condition, reuniting us with some of crime fiction’s most memorable and enduring characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802146823
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Guido Brunetti Series , #28
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,324
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Donna Leon is the author of the highly acclaimed, internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Donna Leon lived in Venice for many years and now divides her time between Venice and Switzerland.

Hometown:

Venice, Italy

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1942

Place of Birth:

Montclair, New Jersey

Education:

B.A., 1964; M.A. 1969; postgraduate work in English literature

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Unto Us a Son Is Given 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 3 days ago
The angst and psychobabble in this book quite overwhelm the plot, the characters, and even Venice. The book falls prey to Leon's anxious desire to impress opinions and analyses upon the characters; it simply isn't as good a book as her previous ones.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Excellent exploration of human emotions and hidden motives. The mingling of Guido's family and professional lives is always so smooth. Thank you Donna!