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Through a Glass, Darkly by Donna Leon

Through a Glass, Darkly (2006)

by Donna Leon

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Series: Commissario Brunetti (15)

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Love Brunetti, love elletra, love the food, sometimes I have to laugh out loud. ( )
  crazeedi73 | Aug 6, 2017 |
A genre writer with a formula, but the formula is not so bad. In this one there is discussion of the glass-making trade and its mechanics. ( )
  themulhern | Jan 15, 2017 |
What begins as an unofficial investigation gradually turns into an official one. The owner of a troubled glass factory on Murano made threats against a woman's husband. It is really uncertain if the owner would carry out such a threat or not, and Brunetti agrees to evaluate the situation. A night watchman for the company is convinced the factory is responsible for his daughter's birth defect because of pollutants. The investigation determines that an aspiring politician who is a neighboring factory owner is rumored to be a possible buyer for the troubled company. Environmental issues are central to this novel, and I probably learned more about pollutants from glass factories than I ever cared to learn. Brunetti, as usual, is a likable sleuth, even if his superior yields too much to the powers that be, possibly bordering on being politically corrupt. One can't go wrong spending a few hours in this Venetian setting with its network of canals. I listened to the audio version of this book read by David Colacci for Blackstone Audio. It was well-done. ( )
  thornton37814 | May 29, 2016 |
During an off-the-books investigation concerning some violent threats made by a prominent Venetian glassmaker, Giovanni De Cal, Commissario Guido Brunetti finds himself immersed in the fascinating world of glass blowing furnaces and enviromental issues. De Cal's son-in-law, who De Cal is sure only married his daughter for De Cal's money, is an engineer who spends his off-work hours protesting businesses that pollute Venice's canal system. A night watchman who works for De Cal is sure that toxic chemicals from the furnace caused his infant daughter to be born with numerous medical issues. When the same night watchman is found dead in De Cal's factory in front of a blazing furnace Brunetti is sure that the man has been murdered. The investigation now becomes official and involves De Cal as well as a rival glassmaker, Fasano, the leader of the glassmaker's union and a man slated to become a prominent politician. Who would have killed the well-liked young night watchman?

This is my first book by Leon and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Apparently Guido Brunetti is the focus of her novels and I may have lost some of the impact since this is not the first of Brunetti's books. I was unfamiliar with the relationships of some of the characters but most of them were sorted out after awhile. The story was fairly slow moving as the murder didn't take place until halfway through but I really enjoyed the glassmaking information and the setting of Venice was very nice. I will definitely read more from this author.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
Commissario Brunetti continues to evolve as a crusader investigating where crimes may occurring before an official crime is reported.

This time on the island of Murano at the glass factories, has there been polluting gone unreported which may have caused a chi8ld to be born with severe defects? When the father who has been making such claims is found dead near one of the glass furnaces, Brunetti sets out to undercover the truth. ( )
  cyderry | Sep 11, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Donna Leonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Desmond, William OlivierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuente, Ana María de laTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mauri i Batlle, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scholten, TheoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seibicke, Christa E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Skarbińska-Zielin… AlicjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Da qual tremore insolito
Sento assalir gli spiriti!
Dond'escono quei vortici
Do foco pien d'orror?

What strange fear
Assails my spirits!
Where do they come from,
those horrible whirlwinds of flame?
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Brunetti stood at his window and flirted with the springtime.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143038060, Mass Market Paperback)

The latest case in Donna Leon’s bestselling Brunetti mystery series—“one of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever” (The Washington Post)

The Philadelphia Inquirer called Leon’s incomparable creation Commissario Guido Brunetti “the most humane sleuth since Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret.” It’s no wonder then that Leon’s legion of fans continues to grow with each new book that’s published. In Through a Glass, Darkly, Brunetti investigates the murder of a night watchman, whose body is found in front of a blazing furnace at Giovanni De Cal’s glass factory along with an annotated copy of Dante’s Inferno. Did the cantankerous De Cal kill him? Will Brunetti make the connection between the work of literature and the murderer in time?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:15 -0400)

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After coming to the aid of Vianello's old friend, Ribetti, arrested during an environmental protest, Commissario Brunetti becomes concerned about Ribetti's father-in-law, Giovanni De Cal, a nasty factory owner heard making threats against his son-in-law.… (more)

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