Drawing Conclusions

Paperback | March 27, 2012

byDONNA LEON

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Donna Leon's latest New York Times bestseller "is one of her best" (Booklist, starred review)

Twenty years ago Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti and his creator, Donna Leon, first introduced readers to the delights-and dangers-of Venice. Now they have millions of devoted fans. In Drawing Conclusions, a young woman arrives home and senses that all is not right in the apartment below. When she investigates, she finds her neighbor lying lifeless on the floor. The autopsy shows that the widow's death was due to a heart attack, but Brunetti is convinced that things are not as straightforward as they seem. With her signature combination of humanity, nuanced detail, and psychological insight, Leon's twentieth Brunetti mystery reaffirms her place in the pantheon of crime fiction.

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Donna Leon's latest New York Times bestseller "is one of her best" (Booklist, starred review) Twenty years ago Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti and his creator, Donna Leon, first introduced readers to the delights-and dangers-of Venice. Now they have millions of devoted fans. In Drawing Conclusions, a young woman arrives home a...

A New Yorker of Irish/Spanish descent, Donna Leon first went to Italy in 1965, returning regularly over the next decade or so while pursuing a career as an academic in the States and then later in Iran, China and finally Saudi Arabia. It was after a period in Saudi Arabia, which she found ‘damaging physically and spiritually’ that Donn...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.75 × 5.1 × 0.71 inPublished:March 27, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Skilfully Crafted Also published under the title “Tainted Blood “ This is the third Inspector Erlendur book but the first to be translated into English. What seems to be like an ordinary murder of an old man whose head has been bashed in by an ashtray; things are far more complicated than they look. Many years ago the victim was accused of rape but never convicted of the crime. Did the old man’s past come back to haunt him? Inspector Erlendur leads the police team and hunts down decade-old clues. They follow a trail of unusual forensic evidence that brings them around hidden paths and unexpected corners. Erlendur’s personal life is a side story in the novel. He is divorced with a strained relationship with his grown children. His daughter shows up on his doorstep once again asking for money. It appears she is trying to break her drug habit and Erlendur needs to help her. Jar City is a skilfully crafted detective novel; it is well paced and well plotted. The author tells the tale in a straightforward manner and with very few sidebars into lives of minor characters not overloading the reader with social commentary. Some readers may not like this style, I did. His main character (Inspector Erlendur) is a complex and engaging one, a man in his 50’s, in declining health, who struggles with the fact that both of his kids are drug addicts. The story revolves around the death of a child, organ removal and the use of genetic information. I can’t wait to read the sequel. Side note: if you are looking for this Icelandic author at a library you will probably find him listed under his first name, an Icelandic custom.
Date published: 2008-01-29

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“Donna Leon’s 20th Venetian mystery featuring her compassionate police detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti, epitomizes what we treasure most about this series: a feeling for the life of a sublimely beautiful city and a sensitivity to the forces that are reshaping it. Not to mention the pleasure of being in Brunetti’s company when this shrewd but scrupulously honest man is having a crisis of ethics at the flower market or trying to pry information from a hostile nun.” — Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review“By now, with the arrival of Donna Leon’s 20th Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, the Venetian police commissioner seems almost as much an institution as the city’s venerable buildings. … In an age of diminished civic and religious authority, the commissario—as his investigation proceeds—must make Jesuitical decisions of his own about guilt and innocence, punishment and absolution. In this finely written account, he comes down (as we know he will) on the side of the angels.” — Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal“This fine novel is Leon’s 20th mystery featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, the unparalleled Venetian police investigator who enlivens this intelligent series. … As always, Brunetti’s investigative acumen, his patience, and most of all, his profound comprehension of the human psyche enable him to bring the case to a closure of sorts. Yet the powerful conclusions does not, in fact, directly divulge the solution, and it is this haunting ambiguity that renders Drawing Conclusions Leon’s most provocative novel to date.  … VERDICT: Aficionados of literary mysteries such as those written by P.D. James and Michael Dibdin will revel in this stellar book. If you read only one mystery this year, make it this one.” — Lynne F. Maxwell, Library Journal (starred review)“Leon’s twentieth novel starring Venetian police Commissario Guido Brunetti is one of her best.  … When [Brunetti] muses, the reader listens almost hypnotically, transfixed by the somehow ennobling ordinariness of this remarkable man’s humanity but also by the subtlety of his mind and his absolute refusal to succumb to the tyranny of bureaucrats and moralists.  … Leon’s popularity among mystery fans has grown steadily, but over the last several years, she has become a must-read for all those who favor character-driven crime stories.” — Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)“There is always doubt mixed with anticipation before diving into the latest in a favorite mystery series. The uncertainty is always there -- will it deliver the same fascination as previous books? Or will it disappoint? … The compelling characters and complex plot in Leon's Drawing Conclusions place it among her best. The atmosphere of the city, along with Leon's sharp insights and powerful narrative, validate her often-recognized status as a master of literary crime fiction.” — Merle Minda, Minneapolis Star-Tribune