Beastly Things: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 21
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A New York Times bestseller: The police investigate the death of a veterinarian in Venice, Italy in this "swiftly paced" mystery (The Seattle Times).

When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Guido Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared.

The autopsy shows he had suffered from a rare, disfiguring disease. A shopkeeper tells Brunetti that the man had a kindly way with animals. Finally, the victim is identified as a much-loved veterinarian—and Brunetti's quest to find the killer will take him on a harrowing journey . . .

"All her trademark strengths shine in this swiftly paced, sophisticated tale of greed versus ethics." —The Seattle Times

"Written with such delicacy and emotional force that we can't help but be reminded of Greek tragedy." —Booklist, starred review
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A New York Times bestseller: The police investigate the death of a veterinarian in Venice, Italy in this "swiftly paced" mystery (The Seattle Times).

When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Guido Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared.

The autopsy shows he had suffered from a rare, disfiguring disease. A shopkeeper tells Brunetti that the man had a kindly way with animals. Finally, the victim is identified as a much-loved veterinarian—and Brunetti's quest to find the killer will take him on a harrowing journey . . .

"All her trademark strengths shine in this swiftly paced, sophisticated tale of greed versus ethics." —The Seattle Times

"Written with such delicacy and emotional force that we can't help but be reminded of Greek tragedy." —Booklist, starred review
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      • source: Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
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        “As if Brunetti weren't already steaming about the 'mindless, atavistic greed' motivating everything from the shabby practices of the banking industry to the irresponsible dredging of the Grand Canal, Leon hits him with a crime that really tries his soul ... So he takes his pleasures where he can--at home with his family, in his favorite coffee bars and on long walks around Venice – but after this case, the city he loves will never be quite the same for him."

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      • source: Dan Forrest, Library Journal
      • content: “Followers of the series and lovers of Venice will appreciate Leon's fascinating details of life in this unique city. ... This is a strong series entry."
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      • source: Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)
      • content: “Through the 21 novels in her much-loved Guido Brunetti series, Leon has tackled various social issues, from human trafficking through immigration policy and sexual abuse, always with great sensitivity toward not only the criminal aspects of the issue but also the more ambiguous toll that societal malfunction takes on individual lives. So it is again in this wrenching tale of the murder of a quiet veterinarian, the victim of a tragedy of almost classical dimensions. ... A seemingly straightforward mystery written with such delicacy and emotional force that we can't help but be reminded of Greek tragedy."
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      • source: Valerie Ryan, Shelf Awareness
      • content: "It is a pleasure for a reader to settle in to one of Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries, once again to have one of those glorious Italian lunches with his wife, Paola, and their children, Raffi and Chiara, and to learn, as we do in Beastly Things, which part of the seamy underside of Venetian life Brunetti will now uncover. ...This time, a body is found in one of the canals. It is eventually identified as a local veterinarian, Dottore Nava, well-loved by his patients and their owners. ... The way Brunetti figures out what happened and who killed Nava is first-rate Donna Leon plotting."
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      • source: Irene Wanner, The Seattle Times
      • content: Beastly Things, Donna Leon's 21st Commissario Guido Brunetti series set in Venice, doesn't disappoint. All her trademark strengths shine in this swiftly paced, sophisticated tale of greed versus ethics."
      • premium: False
      • source: Mark Sanderson, Evening Mail (UK)
      • content: “[A] fine atmospheric novel ... Twenty-one books on, she has lost none of her delightful skill and wit."
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      • source: The Midwest Book Review
      • content: "The latest Commissario Guido Brunetti Venetian police procedural is a super whodunit... Brunetti and Vianello are marvelous as they piece together clues mostly using old fashion shoe leather but also ably supported by the IT gurus Signorina Elettra and Pucetti."
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      • content: "Brunetti is, as always, a canny commentator on Italian culture... However, it is in the poignant closing scene... where Leon's singular talents truly shine."
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      • source: New York Times Book Review
      • content: "[Brunetti] takes his pleasures where he can -- at home with his family, in his favorite coffee bars and on long walks around Venice -- but after this case, the city he loves will never be quite the same for him."
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      • source: Christian Science Monitor
      • content: "What a pleasure it is to greet Guido Brunetti... a man comfortable in his own skin, complete with quirks, foibles, and all... But, as in many of Leon's stories, the procedural is a stepping stone to bigger problems undermining the magic of Venice: venality and greed, flourishing as ever."
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      • source: Peter Green, The New Republic
      • content: “Like Dorothy Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey in the 1930s, Guido Brunetti has accumulated depth and subtlety book by book. In Beastly Things he learns, the hard way, unpleasant facts about the meat industry that have long since made vegetarians of his daughter and Inspector Vianello. Leon has never written a more powerful sequence than the chapter in Beastly Things where Brunetti and Vianello visit a busy slaughterhouse. ... Set, as always, against the living background of Venice itself, and the family background that keeps Brunetti's moral compass straight while letting him enjoy good food, wine, and loving support, Beastly Things is a quietly satisfying celebration of the series's twenty-first birthday. Long may it continue."
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      • source: Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor
      • content: “Brunetti's challenges make for scintillating reading."
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      • source: Sue Gaisford, The Independent (UK)
      • content: "One of the most attractive serial detectives of contemporary fiction. ......
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        February 20, 2012
        In bestseller Leon’s complex, contemplative 21st Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery (after 2011’s Drawing Conclusions), the Venetian police inspector must identify a man found stabbed to death and floating in a canal. Unusually, the victim suffered from a rare disease that disfigures the body and is linked to alcoholism, though the pathologist determines he wasn’t a drinker. Brunetti soon discovers that the man was a veterinarian, Andrea Nava, who also worked part-time at a slaughterhouse inspecting the health of the animals brought in by the local farmers. Despite his recent separation from his wife after a tryst with a co-worker, Nava appears to have been a compassionate human being. But when Brunetti visits the slaughterhouse and begins to examine how it operates, the inspector comes to some unsettling conclusions about the murdered man, the motive, and his own life. Leon deftly blends police procedural with philosophy and existential speculation. Her intimate descriptions of Venice, where she has lived for 30 years, lend color.

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        March 1, 2012
        The death of an inoffensive veterinarian takes Commissario Guido Brunetti once more into the heart of the human beast. Even after the victim is identified--and it's a good long time before he is--the name of Dottor Andrea Nava's killer seems less mysterious than the question of why someone, anyone, would have stabbed him in the back three times and dumped his body into a Venetian canal. Although he's estranged from his wife, Anna Doni, she faints from either grief or guilt when Brunetti and his friend, Inspector Lorenzo Vianello, break the news to her. Clara Baroni, his assistant at the Clinica Amico Mio veterinary practice, can shed no light on his death. And although his sad little dalliance with Giulia Borelli, Director Alessandro Papetti's assistant at the slaughterhouse where he moonlighted part time, may have threatened his marriage, it hardly seems a weighty enough motive for murder. It's not until after a tour of the slaughterhouse brings Brunetti and Vianello up against the horrid realities behind the meat they placidly consume every day that Brunetti realizes that carcasses aren't the most bestial presences lurking there. Brunetti, who airily tells his wife Paola, "I don't do ethical," spends less time than usual (Drawing Conclusions, 2011, etc.) butting heads with his nemesis, Vice-Questore Giuseppe Patta. But his conspiratorial dealings with his omni-competent assistant Signora Elettra and his suave attempts at acting dumb while he's questioning his few suspects are equally rewarding.

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      • source: Booklist
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        Starred review from February 15, 2012
        Throughout the 21 novels in her much-loved Guido Brunetti series, Leon has tackled various social issues, from human trafficking through immigration policy and sexual abuse, always with great sensitivity toward not only the criminal aspects of the issue but also the more ambiguous toll that societal malfunction takes on individual human lives. So it is again in this wrenching tale of the murder of a quiet veterinarian, the victim of a tragedy of almost classical dimensions. One painfully human mistake, a simple act of hubris, draws an ordinary man into an inescapable trap that leaves him dead in a Venetian canal, carrying no identification and wearing only one shoe. Gradually, Commissario Brunetti and his colleague Inspector Vianello follow the trail to the town of Mestre, on the mainland near Venice, and to a slaughterhouse, where the animals that provide the meat which adorns the plates of the finest Venetian restaurants (and Brunetti's own table) are killed and dressed in the most barbaric manner imaginable. No matter her topic, Leon always keeps her thumb off the moral scale, never suggesting that simple social reform, however necessary (and however difficult to achieve), can eradicate the human tragedies into which we fall so easily and so irrevocably. But despite that powerfully evoked sense of calamitous inevitability, she leaves us here with a small but moving moment of hope, a sense that acts of kindness, from both humans and animals, are our only salvation. A seemingly straightforward mystery written with such delicacy and emotional force that we can't help but be reminded of Greek tragedy. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Leon's Brunetti series has sold more than one million copies in North America, and she is a particular favorite among librarians and library patrons.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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A New York Times bestseller: The police investigate the death of a veterinarian in Venice, Italy in this "swiftly paced" mystery (The Seattle Times).

When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Guido Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared.

The autopsy shows he had suffered from a rare, disfiguring disease. A shopkeeper tells Brunetti that the man had a kindly way with animals. Finally, the victim is identified as a much-loved veterinarian—and Brunetti's quest to find the killer will take him on a harrowing journey . . .

"All her trademark strengths shine in this swiftly paced, sophisticated tale of greed versus ethics." —The Seattle Times

"Written with such delicacy and emotional force that we can't help but be reminded of Greek tragedy."...
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