By Donna Leon
At a cocktail party given through his parents-in-law, Commissario Brunetti meets Franca Marinello, the spouse of a wealthy Venetian businessman. He's charmed - possibly too charmed, indicates his spouse Paola - by means of her love of Virgil and Cicero, yet stunned by means of her visual appeal.
A few days later, Brunetti is visited by means of Carabinieri Maggior Filippo Guarino from the within reach urban of Marghera. As a part of a much wider research into Mafia takeovers of companies within the quarter, Guarino wishes information regarding the landlord of a trucking corporation who used to be came across murdered in his workplace. He believes the man's loss of life is hooked up to the unlawful transportation of refuse - and extra sinister fabric - in his company's vehicles. No stranger to mutual suspicion and festival among rival Italian police departments, Brunetti is however wondered by means of the more youthful man's behaviour.
Eventually Guarino is of the same opinion to e-mail a photograph of his suspect, yet by the point the photo arrives, he himself is useless. used to be he killed simply because he received too shut? and the way is it that Franca Marinello is concerned?
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That’s why she says nothing at the end of the dream. She’s the amp that goes quiet when Dad switches it off. ’ ‘Yes. All the time. Until I was sixteen. And not records. ’ ‘I don’t know. Probably not. ’ ‘Hm. Our time’s up. I’ll give you something to read for next time. And then I want us to make a new ending for the story in the dream. She has to speak. She has to say something to you. Something you wished she would say. That she likes you perhaps. ’ The patient stood up, took his coat from the stand and walked towards the door.
The tired, grey faces stared at him with an apathy that had become more and more visible over the last few weeks. And yesterday’s press conference – which had been like an ugly capitulation, his plea for help, wherever it might come from – had not raised fighting spirits. Today there were two further absentees, and they weren’t exactly throwing in the towel over a sniffly nose. In addition to the Vennesla case there was the Gusto Hanssen murder which had gone from solved to unsolved after Oleg Fauke had been released and Chris ‘Adidas’ Reddy had withdrawn his confession.