Beastly Things

Beastly Things

Book - 2012
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When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can't show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: it turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease. With Inspector Vianello, Brunetti canvasses shoe stores, and winds up on the mainland in Mestre, outside of his usual sphere. From a shopkeeper, they learn that the man had a kindly way with animals. At the same time, animal rights and meat consumption are quickly becoming preoccupying issues at the Venice Questura, and in Brunetti's home, where conversation at family meals offer a window into the joys and conflicts of Italian life. Perhaps with the help of Signorina Elettra, Brunetti and Vianello can identify the man and understand why someone wanted him dead.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2012
Description: 296 p. : map ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780802120236
Branch Call Number: Leon
Additional Contributors: Leon, Donna. Beastly things


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Sep 19, 2015

Love to read Leon. Her characters are great. Takes me right back to Venice

Apr 15, 2015

I know returned this book.
Dale Blosser

Dec 12, 2014

Excellent read!

Oct 11, 2013

Good read, abatoire descripton emotionally disturbing.

AuntJane Mar 11, 2013

I am always happy to read a new installment about commissario brunetti and his interesting family and co-workers. To me, Venice is a city of mythic proportions - and it is fascinating to see it through the eyes of a local.

Jan 15, 2013

In my opinion her best yet. Someone I would like to meet .

Aug 08, 2012

Brunetti investigates veterinarian killed because he was going to report butchers using diseased animals.

franceonisland Aug 04, 2012

Donna Leon writes about the not-for-tourists side of Venice, and draws us into the beauty and decay of a city that she obviously loves.
I like Commissario Guido Brunetti's investigative style, and his frequent suggestions to stop for a coffee when he and his colleagues need a breather.
The way Leon describes the world of the slaughterhouse, which adds a bloody touch/splash of horror to this story, shows off her detailed writing.
A wonderful read!

Jul 30, 2012

A man is found in a Venetian canal wearing one shoe in Donna Leon's latest mystery. Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates the unknown man's identity and uncovers dark secrets concerning meat consumption and animal inspection.

Jul 30, 2012

I've been disappointed in some of her later novels but this is better. I find that the series is more engaging than any one novel - and it's best to be read in order.

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