The Golden Egg

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The Golden Egg

Format:  Hardcover,

276 pages

Publisher: Pgw

Publish Date: Mar 2013

ISBN-13: 9780802121011

ISBN-10: 0802121012

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Over the years, Leon's bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti series has conquered the heart of lovers of finely plotted character-driven mysteries all over the world. Brunetti, both a perceptive sleuth and a principled family man, has exposed readers to Venice in all its aspects, but also the crime and corruption that seethe below the surface.


Publisher: Pgw
Publish Date: Mar 2013
ISBN-13: 9780802121011
ISBN-10: 0802121012
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 276
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Leon, Donna

Donna Leon was born on September 29, 1942 in Montclair, New Jersey. She taught English literature in England, Switzerland, Iran, China, Italy and Saudi Arabia. She is the author of a Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery series. Friends in High Places, a novel from the series, won the Crime Writers Association Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction in 2000. German Television has produced 16 Commissario Brunetti mysteries for broadcast. She was a crime reviewer for the Sunday Times.

She has written the libretto for a comic opera and has set up her own opera company, Il Complesso Barocco. Her title Jewels of Pardise made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012 and her title The Golden Egg made The List for 2013.


Review by Library Journal (2013-03-15)

Leon fans will welcome the newest entry (after Beastly Things) in her superb series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, Venetian police officer extraordinaire. Interwoven among Leon's seductive cameos of Venetian life, the plot is especially compelling. Paola, Brunetti's wife, implores him to investigate a case that hits close to home-the tragic death of the visibly deaf, dumb, and retarded man who was a fixture in the local dry cleaning shop. To complicate matters, there is no official trace of the man's (commonly referred to as "the boy") existence. In the end, of course, Brunetti arrives at the subtle, sad conclusion that will move readers.

Verdict: Leon delivers an intricate plot couched in spare, Hemingwayesque prose. Her elegant, masterly use of language captures perfectly the quality and pace of life in Venice. Readers will particularly savor the long, leisurely, enticing lunches enjoyed by Venetians, and Brunetti's numerous breaks in cafes will elicit envy from espresso aficionados. A sine qua non for Leon fans who also enjoy Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series.

-Lynne Maxwell, Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law Lib., PA

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In ' The Golden Egg', as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor shop-keeping violation committed by the mayor's future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti's wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaner has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

Brunetti begins to investigate the death and is surprised when he finds nothing on the man: no birth certificate, no passport, no driver's license, no credit cards. As far as the Italian government is concerned, he never existed. Stranger still, the dead man's mother refuses to speak to the police, and assures Brunetti that her son's identification papers were stolen in a burglary. As secrets unravel, Brunetti suspects that the Lembos, an aristocratic family, might be somehow connected to the death. But why would anyone want this sweet, simple-minded man dead?

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