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By Its Cover

Leon, Donna (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: the culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem--the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist. As the investigation proceeds, the suspects multiply. And when a seemingly harmless theologian, who had spent years reading at the library turns up brutally murdered, Brunetti must question his expectations about what makes a man innocent, or guilty.
Authors: Leon, Donna
Title: By its cover
Published: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press,, [2014]
Characteristics: 237 pages :,map ;,24 cm.
Notes: Map on lining papers.
Summary: One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: the culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem--the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist. As the investigation proceeds, the suspects multiply. And when a seemingly harmless theologian, who had spent years reading at the library turns up brutally murdered, Brunetti must question his expectations about what makes a man innocent, or guilty.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 0802122647
9780802122643
Branch Call Number: F LEO
Statement of Responsibility: Donna Leon
Copyright Date: ©2014
Subject Headings: Venice (Italy) Fiction. Murder Investigation Fiction. Police Italy Venice Fiction. Brunetti, Guido (Fictitious character) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Murder
Police
Brunetti, Guido (Fictitious character)
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Aug 17, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

As usual, Brunetti's boss wants to accept the obvious suspect when pages are stolen from books in a prestigious rare-book Venetian library. And as usual, Brunetti looks beyond the obvious. The obvious suspect, the man who looked at those books for weeks, has disappeared--and didn't exist in the first place. When the old man who spent his days in the library reading theology is murdered, Brunetti must look in another direction. Again, when he finds the solution, he must struggle with whether to let the law run its course, or do the moral thing. Brunetti changes and grows, as do his better co-workers, and his family, part of the joy of this wonderful series.

Aug 01, 2014
  • pokano rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I usually love Commissario Brunetti books, but I could NOT get into this one. It felt different than Leon's other books.

Jun 11, 2014
  • Tentacle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable as always but ending was a rush job.Must try harder.

Apr 23, 2014
  • franceonisland rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I always enjoy Donna Leon's Brunetti books, but I was a bit disappointed in this latest one. She ends the book abruptly, tying up the loose ends in one last page. I wish she'd given us a bit more on why the killer, who did not seem to be a violent man, committed such an act. It just seemed too simple, too pat.
Otherwise, it was a great read.

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