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By Donna Leon

While a lorry crashes on one of many treacherous hair-pin bends within the Italian Dolomites even Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is appalled whilst he learns of its poor shipment. this can be Donna Leon's fourth novel to add Guido Brunetti.

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He attended weekly Mass at Santa Maria del Giglio, had twice served with distinction on the City Council of Venice, and had two children, a boy and a girl, bom bright and both beautiful. On the Tuesday before the feast of La Madonna delta Salute in late November, Avvocato Trevisan spent the afternoon in Padua, asked there by Francesco Urbani, a client of his who had recently decided to ask his wife of twenty-seven years for a separation. During the two hours the men spent together, Trevisan suggested that Urbani move certain monies out of the country, perhaps to Luxemburg, and that he immediately sell his share of the two factories in Verona which he held in silent partnership with another man.

Brunetti listened but asked nothing. 'The daughter was only fourteen, but when Barbara refused to tell her, Signora Trevisan insisted that Barbara had given her an abortion or sent her to the hospital to have one. ' Brunetti asked. ' 'She told her to get out of the office. ' 'She never went back, either. But Barbara's seen her on the street, and the girl's explained that her mother has forbidden her to go back. ' Brunetti asked. He watched Signorina Elettra weigh this one out. ' 'I don't remember.

Was Patta's greeting 'At the Leonardis'. ' 'That doesn't matter,' Patta said, then gestured to the chair in front of his desk. ' It was not necessary to ask him what 'this' was. 'Yes,' Brunetti answered. ' 'Someone shot him on the train from Torino last night. Twice, at very close range. Body shots. ' If Patta said 'must have', that meant the autopsy hadn't been done yet, and he was only guessing. ' Patta asked, almost as if he wanted to eliminate Brunetti as a suspect before going any further.

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