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Unto Us a Son Is Given

by Donna Leon

Crime / Mystery

Unto Us a Son Is Given Synopsis

The latest of Donna Leon's bestselling Venice crime novels

As a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count's best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws, this man would become the sole heir to Gonzalo's substantial fortune, something which Gonzalo's friends, including the Count, find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why they're so intent on meddling in the old man's business.

Not long after Brunetti meets with Gonzalo, the elderly man unexpectedly passes away from natural causes. Old and frail, Gonzalo's death goes unquestioned, and a few of his oldest friends gather in Venice to plan the memorial service.

But when Berta, a striking woman and one of Gonzalo's closest confidantes, is strangled in her hotel room, Brunetti is drawn into long-buried secrets from Gonzalo's past. What did Berta know? And who would go to such lengths to ensure it would remain hidden?

Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly follows the twists and turns of the human condition, set against the ebb and flow of Venetian life.

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Unto Us a Son Is Given Press Reviews

Leon's novels are unshowy and imbued with the humanist outlook that makes Brunetti such an appealing character. - Sunday Times

[A] charming series, and it is a pleasure to spend time with Brunetti, his academic wife, Paola, and their children as they eat delicious food and drink good wine. - Literary Review

Once again, Leon transforms what might have been a straightforward mystery into something much richer and more resonant ... Far more than whodunit, the real subject of this novel (and Leon's work in general) is what we all do to one another. - Booklist

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ISBN: 9781785152177
Publication date: 07/03/2019
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781785152177
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: Donna Leon
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Donna Leon

Donna Leon is the author of the international best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey and has lived in Venice for thirty years.   author photo © Regine Mosimann

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