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Wilful Behaviour (2002)

by Donna Leon

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Series: Commissario Brunetti (11)

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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.… (more)
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What can I say? A session in the company of Donna Leon and Commissario Brunetti is always one of undiluted pleasure for me, as I travel round Venice with them, sharing unbelievably appetising meals and frequent coffee stops. There's usually a pretty good yarn involved, and this is no exception. I read this tale involving a murdered student during a couple of train journeys and it blotted out the hacking cough of the bloke opposite, and the equally annoying sound system belting out from behind (The owner of said system can't have any hearing left if that amount of noise was leaking from it). Leon's tales are atmospheric, subtle and complex and I enjoyed meeting Claudia and Signora Jacobs among others. As ever, I believed in these characters.. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
Malas artes
Donna Leon
Publicado: 2002 | 228 páginas
Novela Policial
Serie: Comisario Brunetti #11 /sjMayKwOo_G4

Una estudiante acude al comisario Brunetti para pedirle consejo: ¿hay alguna forma legal de limpiar el buen nombre de su familia, mancillado por un crimen que cometió muchos años atrás su ya fallecido abuelo? Impresionado por su belleza e inteligencia, pero incapaz de ayudarla, Brunetti casi olvida el asunto hasta que la joven aparece asesinada en su apartamento. La investigación de este crimen transporta al infatigable comisario a la Segunda Guerra Mundial, cuando los judíos italianos fueron sistemáticamente despojados de sus obras de arte por parte de los nazis y sus colaboradores. A medida que Brunetti va desenterrando secretos de colaboracionismo, crimen organizado y explotación, se da cuenta de que se está adentrando en una época que los italianos, empezando por su propio padre y su suegro, el conde Orazio, tienen especial interés en ocultar. Los fantasmas del pasado son enemigos más peligrosos de lo que cabe imaginar.
  libreriarofer | Sep 19, 2023 |
Willfull Behavior by Donna Leon is Book #11 of the Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery series.
This is an insightful, interesting title which begins when Italian Police Detective Guido Brunetti delves into 2 deaths and a dark (very dark) and painful (very painful) era of Italian history.
An excellent read. **** ( )
  diana.hauser | Jul 28, 2023 |
The book opens with Brunetti's wife, a professor, being approached by one of her students with questions about pardons. She is found dead and Brunetti begins to explore her past and soon finds himself uncovering Nazi secrets. ( )
  witchyrichy | Apr 30, 2023 |
Guido Brunetti is back again. He is walking and thinking. While he investigates a young woman's murder, he goes home to spend time with Paola, his wife. Not to go unnoticed are the good meals she cooks. Her literary thoughts and food lead him back to the watery streets of Venice. As Guido Brunetti explores what he discovers, we meet the neighbors. One person is very eccentric. For Signorina Jacobs, there is cigarettes and Art. She bothers no one. She lives one day at a time. If you thinks she has not lived, think about World War II and do as Guido Brunetti does, look at her wall of photos. She is also an adopted Grandmother. The love story is there. Where? On the wall.

Who did it is not easy to figure out. The ending is a wowser. How Brunetti put all the pieces together is mind staggering. Waiting to see what he is up to next makes your heart beat faster. Donna Leon is a Master Mystery Author. Never leave her until you finish her. ( )
  bloom689 | Dec 5, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Leon, Donnaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brzezińska, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Desmond, William-OlivierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franci-Ekeler, ElsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuente, Ana María de laTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hōjō, MotokoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rikman, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sætvedt, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I dubbi, I sospetti
Gelare mefan.

Doubts and suspicions
Turn me to ice.

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for Daniel Hungerbühler
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I dubbi, i sospetti
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Twijfels en achterdocht
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De Amerikaanse Donna Leon (New Jersey, 1942) werkte als reisleidster in Rome en als copywriter in Londen. Ze doceerde literatuurwetenschap aan universiteiten in Iran, China en Saoedi-Arabië. Na vele jaren in Italië te hebben gewoond, heeft ze zich nu in Zwitserland gevestigd, van waaruit ze nog regelmatig Venetië bezoekt. Haar boeken werden wereldberoemd door het charismatische personage van commissario Brunetti.
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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.

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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.
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