The Temptation of Forgiveness

The Temptation of Forgiveness

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When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife's, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy's behaviour. But the truth is not straightforward. Following various contradictory leads, Brunetti navigates his way through a world of mysterious informants, underground deals and secret longstanding scam networks, all the while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness of Signorina Elettra, Vice-Questore Patta's secretary and gate-keeper. With Gasparini's condition showing no signs of improvement, and his investigations leading nowhere, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. He turns to Sophocles's Antigone in an attempt to understand the true purpose of justice, and, in its light, he is forced to consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead.
Publisher: William Heinemann, London : 2018
ISBN: 9781785151965
Branch Call Number: AF LEON


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Dec 27, 2018

"The Temptation of Forgiveness" is a lesson in philosophy. Commissario Brunetti forgives the transgression of Signorina Elettra but obeys the law when he apprehends a suspect involved in seriously injuring a man. I like the sharp social commentary on how Venice is changing (and not for the better).

Dec 04, 2018

I enjoyed reading this novel. However I agree with another reader in that the novel has too many loose ends - too many crimes unsolved. I won't describe them here as I don't want to spoil it for other readers. Perhaps this is part one of a series? We need to ask Donna Leon to do a sequel and wrap things up, once Brunetti has made some decisions as how to finalize the crimes, etc. He seems to be sitting on the fence!

Jun 29, 2018

I enjoyed reading this latest in the Commissario Brunetti series, but for some reason that I can't identify, this book seemed a bit different than her previous books. Something about the style I think .....

Jun 06, 2018

I have been a total fan of Donna Leon's Brunetti series.....until now! This newest book was UNFINISHED. She abruptly ends the book without fleshing out the original reason for the mystery. What about the strange behavior of the teenage son? What about the condition of the victim? What about the drug angle? Loose ends all around. Seems this should be Part One of a two part book....or just a short story. I've noticed this with another of Leon's books....abrupt ending with unsatisfactory conclusion...or no conclusion. Seems to me that she was required to finish another book by her publisher and dashed this off. Disappointing. "By Its Cover" was another Leon mystery that did the same thing: abrupt unfinished ending; weak reason for a mystery; lack of character building. I got the same shock of "What happened?!" Her other work has been so rich and full....but she's had two flops. Sigh.

May 25, 2018

Brunetti is called to investigate a man seriously injured from a fall late at night. When he sees the man at the hospital, he recognizes him as the husband of one of Paola’s colleagues who had come to him weeks earlier, suspecting her son of using drugs.

Drug use and abuse is at the heart of this 27th book in this favorite mystery series. Excellent page-turning reading as usual! Brunetti’s female colleagues play big roles in his thinking while solving the case.

May 21, 2018

While any novel about Commissario Brunetti and his now-familiar family, friends, and colleagues is a pleasure, this one doesn't quite live up to her usual standards. There are too many subplots, red herrings, dangers to too many people we've come to care about. The story line seems fragmented, and Brunetti's more ambivalent than usual about the morality of the solution to the main mystery. Greed is a major motive for many of the characters involved, but Brunetti's usual cynicism proves this assumption wrong. The interesting question is what he'll do when he's proved wrong.

Apr 22, 2018

Long awaited and well worth it. This is Donna Leon at her best. The title is the theme throughout an intriguing scenario revolving around the drug culture and parental concerns..


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May 21, 2018

"What is it, Commissario?" Patta asked.

Without hesitation, and perhaps for the first time in years, Brunetti answered honestly. "The buttonholes on your jacket, Signore."

. . . .

After examining them, Patta asked, "Yes?"

Brunetti's smile was easy and natural. "I admire them, Vice-Questore."



"You can see the difference?"

"I think it's obvious," Brunetti said. "It's such a fine thing to see hand stitching of that quality. . . . ."

Patta's expression softened. . . .

Brunetti realized this was the first personal conversation they'd ever had--two men speaking as equals--and they were talking about buttonholes."

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