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Willful Behavior

Donna Leon: Willful Behavior (USA 2010)

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Commissario Guido Brunetti dredges up dark secrets from Italy's anti-Semitic past in his captivating eleventh case.
Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals. In Willful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious , Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather. Brunetti thinks little of it-until Claudia is found dead. Soon, another corpse and an extraordinary art collection lead Brunetti to long-buried secrets of Nazi collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews-secrets few in Italy want revealed.

Donna Leon: Willful Behavior. A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. Penguin, ISBN: 9780143117582 (August, 2010), 310 p., $14.00.

 

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Wilful Behaviour

Donna Leon: Wilful Behaviour (UK 2009)

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When one of his wife Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it, beyond being intrigued and attracted by the girl's intelligence and moral seriousness. But when she is found murdered, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo is suddenly no longer simply Paola's student, but Brunetti's case...

Donna Leon: Wilful Behaviour. Can There Be Justice for the Crimes of the Past? Arrow, ISBN: 9780099536628 (February, 2009), 369 p., £7.99.

 

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Wilful Behaviour

Donna Leon: Wilful Behaviour (UK 2003)

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When one of his wife's Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it. But when the girl is found dead, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo suddenly becomes Brunetti's case, no longer Paola's student. Claudia seems to have no discernible living family - her only familial relationship is with an elderly Austrian woman, who was the lover of her grandfather, but was not herself Claudia's grandmother. Brunetti is both intrigued and stunned by the extraordinary art collection the old woman keeps in her small, unprepossessing flat, and when she in turn is found dead, the case seems to have be about to open up long buried secrets of collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews during the war, secrets few in Italy are happy to explore...

Donna Leon: Wilful Behaviour. Arrow, ISBN: 0099415186 (March, 2003), 356 p., £5.99.

 

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Wilful Behaviour

Donna Leon: Wilful Behaviour (UK 2002)

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Donna Leon's most powerful novel yet, as the murder of a young woman involves Commissario Brunetti in buried secrets dating back to WWII.

When one of his wife Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it, beyond being intrigued and attracted by her intelligence and moral seriousness. But when she is found stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo suddenly is no longer simply Paola's student but Brunetti's case...

Claudia seems to have no discernible living family - her only familial relationship is with an elderly Austrian woman, who was the lover of her grandfather, but was not herself Claudia's grandmother. Brunetti is both intrigued and stunned by the extraordinary art collection the old woman keeps in her small, unprepossessing flat. When she in turn is found dead, the case seems to be about to open up long buried secrets of collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews during the war, secrets few in Italy are happy to explore...

Donna Leon: Wilful Behaviour. Heinemann, ISBN: 0434009946 (March, 2002), 295 p., £15.99.

 

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