Unto Us A Son Is Given

Unto Us A Son Is Given

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"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 Rodrg̕uez 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2019
ISBN: 9780802146823
0802146821
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Call Number: eBook

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pitkerro
Apr 28, 2019

Not one of her best. Meandering, vaguely unsatisfying. Seemed as if the action was almost an afterthought with the villain of the piece given short shrift in terms of character development.

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htlibre
Apr 19, 2019

The plot is simple: among aristocratic ,powerful Venetians,what should be done & why when an 85 year old gay best friend wants to legally will his art & wealth to a younger man. Sadly for 138 of 259 pages Donna Leon fills the chapters with musings about meddling, Roman emperors, Greek plays ,unconscious prejudices, family ties, aging and sons or daughters.Once the clinical social work meditations give way to 2 deaths, one natural, Commissario Brunetti begins to discover how crimes were done but insights into the the younger villain's background & psychology are brief compared to the older.

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carolefort
Mar 25, 2019

Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon is the 28th in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series but it easily reads as a standalone. Beautiful Venice is as much a part of this novel as Brunetti himself. Guido is approached by his father-in-law in the hope that he will discourage their mutual friend Gonzalo in his endeavour to adopt a much younger man as his son. The inheritance laws in Italy permit that this adoptee can then become heir to Gonzalo's entire fortune in the event of the old man's death. Guido sees nothing wrong with Gonzalo's plan but soon after, the old man collapses in the street and dies. It is at this point that the story becomes a mystery. I found that this book read more as a cozy than a police procedural. However, this takes nothing away from the enjoyment of this title. Although the action ramps up slowly, this novel packs quite a wallop. I look forward to reading other books by Donna Leon.

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