Vestido para morrer

Editora Companhia das Letras

Se não fosse pelo feriado de Ferragosto - que todos os anos inunda Veneza de turistas - a notícia de um travesti encontrado morto num terreno baldio certamente se tornaria o assunto mais comentado da cidade. Além disso, uma onda de calor faz os moradores se trancarem em suas casas, na segurança dos aparelhos de ar-condicionado, e o crime fica diluído entre os muitos outros escândalos que estampam as capas dos jornais. Para o chefe da polícia de Veneza, trata-se de um caso simples, banal: o michê fora assassinado por um cliente, insatisfeito com os serviços prestados. Apenas o comissário Guido Brunetti suspeita de algo maior por trás do crime. Quando o corpo é identificado como sendo o de um diretor de banco, Brunetti se vê às voltas com uma conspiração que envolve algumas das figuras mais importantes da cidade, e novos cadáveres não tardam a aparecer.
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About the author

Nasceu em New Jersey, em 1942. Depois de uma temporada de estudos em Perúgia e Siena, em 1981 radicou-se na Itália. É professora de literatura inglesa e norte-americana na extensão da Universidade de Maryland em Veneza.
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Editora Companhia das Letras
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Jul 13, 2006
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Portuguese (Portugal)
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Fiction / Crime
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In the twenty-seventh novel in Donna Leon's bestselling mystery series, a suspicious accident leads Commissario Guido Brunetti to uncover a longstanding scam with disturbing unintended consequences

The memorable characters and Venetian drama that have long captivated Donna Leon’s many readers are on full display in The Temptation of Forgiveness. Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from the Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is surprised more consequentially by the appearance of a friend of his wife’s, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Brunetti can somehow intervene. When Tullio Gasparini, the woman’s husband, is found unconscious and with a serious brain injury at the foot of a bridge in Venice after midnight, Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy’s behavior. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is not straightforward.

As the twenty-seventh novel unfolds in Donna Leon’s exquisite chronicle of Venetian life in all its blissful and sordid aspects, Brunetti pursues several false and contradictory leads while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness and craftiness of Signorina Elettra, Patta’s secretary and gate-keeper. Exasperated by the petty bureaucracy that constantly bedevils him and threatens to expose Signorina Elettra, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. This predilection leads him to read Sophocles’ Antigone, and, in its light, consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead.
Donna Leon’s bestselling mystery novels set in Venice have won a multitude of fans for their insider’s portrayal of La Serenissima. From family meals to coffee bars, and from vaporetti rides to the homes and apartments of Venetians, the details and rhythms of everyday life are an integral part of this beloved series. But so are the suffocating corruption, the never-ending influx of tourists, and crimes big and small. Through it all, Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti has been an enduring figure. A good man who loves his family and his city, Brunetti is relentless in his pursuit of truth and some measure of justice.

In Earthly Remains, the twenty-sixth novel in this series, Brunetti’s endurance is tested more than ever before. During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work.

When Brunetti is granted leave from the Questura, his wife, Paola, suggests he stay at the villa of a relative on Sant’Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the laguna. There he intends to pass his days rowing, and his nights reading Pliny’s Natural History. The recuperative stay goes according to plan until Davide Casati, the caretaker of the house on Sant’Erasmo, goes missing following a sudden storm. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his leave of absence and understand what happened to the man who had become his friend.

Earthly Remains is quintessential Donna Leon, a powerful addition to this celebrated series.
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