The Temptation of Forgiveness

The Temptation of Forgiveness

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Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from the Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is surprised more consequentially by the appearance of a friend of his wife's, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Brunetti can somehow intervene. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is rarely straightforward.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©2018
ISBN: 9780802127754
Characteristics: 300 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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May 21, 2018

While any novel about Commissario Brunetti and his now-familiar family, friends, and colleagues is a pleasure, this one doesn't quite live up to her usual standards. There are too many subplots, red herrings, dangers to too many people we've come to care about. The story line seems fragmented, and Brunetti's more ambivalent than usual about the morality of the solution to the main mystery. Greed is a major motive for many of the characters involved, but Brunetti's usual cynicism proves this assumption wrong. The interesting question is what he'll do when he's proved wrong.

May 18, 2018

The title is most appropriate and only becomes evident after reading the final sentence in this novel. The novel is about profiting from drugs, not to the young, but to the old. Leon throws in lots of references to Greek dramas, but if one has forgotten the storyline of those plays, it is hard to make comparisons about the two situations/themes the two authors are writing about - right of the law and the right of human decency. I think her storyline tells the story well enough and given Brunetti's character, unnecessary, as he will follow the law. An enjoyable read nevertheless with the same main, comfortable characters. Leon continues to insert current news stories about situations in Venice - mainly environmental - into this novel. Underlying the story is the human weakness of greediness.


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May 21, 2018

"What is it, Commissario?" Patta asked.

Without hesitation, and perhaps for the first time in years, Brunetti answered honestly. "The buttonholes on your jacket, Signore."

. . . .

After examining them, Patta asked, "Yes?"

Brunetti's smile was easy and natural. "I admire them, Vice-Questore."



"You can see the difference?"

"I think it's obvious," Brunetti said. "It's such a fine thing to see hand stitching of that quality. . . . ."

Patta's expression softened. . . .

Brunetti realized this was the first personal conversation they'd ever had--two men speaking as equals--and they were talking about buttonholes."

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