Beastly Things

Beastly Things

eBook - 2012
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A New York Times bestseller: The police investigate the death of a veterinarian in Venice, Italy in this "swiftly paced" mystery ( The Seattle Times ).

When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Guido Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared.

The autopsy shows he had suffered from a rare, disfiguring disease. A shopkeeper tells Brunetti that the man had a kindly way with animals. Finally, the victim is identified as a much-loved veterinarian--and Brunetti's quest to find the killer will take him on a harrowing journey . . .

"All her trademark strengths shine in this swiftly paced, sophisticated tale of greed versus ethics." -- The Seattle Times

"Written with such delicacy and emotional force that we can't help but be reminded of Greek tragedy." -- Booklist , starred review
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2012.
ISBN: 9780802194503
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (296 p.) :,map
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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May 16, 2020

Commissario solves mystery of a man found dead in a canal. Plot is more gentle than some of her others. Last scene really touching.

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.

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