Beastly Things (Commissario Brunetti, Book 21) by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

Whilst the physique of guy is located in a canal, broken by means of the tides, sporting no pockets, and donning just one shoe, Brunetti has little to paintings with. No neighborhood has filed a missing-person document, and no inn site visitors have disappeared. the place used to be the crime scene? and the way can Brunetti establish the fellow whilst he can’t express images of his face? The post-mortem indicates a manner ahead: it seems the guy used to be being affected by an extraordinary, disfiguring disorder. With Inspector Vianello, Brunetti canvasses shoe shops, and lands up at the mainland in Mestre, outdoor of his traditional sphere. From a shopkeeper, they study that the fellow had a kindly means with animals.

At a similar time, animal rights and meat intake are quick turning into preoccupying matters on the Venice Questura, and in Brunetti’s domestic, the place dialog at relations nutrients supply a window into the thrill and conflicts of Italian existence. might be with assistance from Signorina Elettra, Brunetti and Vianello can determine the fellow and comprehend why an individual sought after him dead.

As refined and engrossing as ever, Leon’s Beastly issues is immensely stress-free, fascinating, and finally relocating.

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Beastly Things (Commissario Brunetti, Book 21)

Whilst the physique of guy is located in a canal, broken by means of the tides, wearing no pockets, and donning just one shoe, Brunetti has little to paintings with. No neighborhood has filed a missing-person record, and no resort visitors have disappeared. the place was once the crime scene? and the way can Brunetti determine the guy whilst he can’t exhibit photographs of his face?

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But that hadn’t been the worst of it. After the crappy breakfast and a tour of a show suite in far better condition than the one they were actually staying in came Brent. Brent was deeply tanned, with large white teeth and blow-dried blond hair. Clive was pretty sure Brent was also a robot, because his single-minded dedication to selling them a time-share verged on the mechanical. No matter how many times they said they weren’t interested, Brent would keep going. He showed them cost breakdowns that to Clive’s eyes—he was a CPA—were laughable, even insulting.

Those stains on your fingers are from iodine. The abscess in your mouth is from exposure to white phosphorous—it gets in the maxillary bone and basically causes it to rot, which is why your breath smells so bad. White phosphorous used to be used in the production of matches, until it was replaced by red phosphorous—it’s a lot less toxic. Unfortunately, red phosphorous is a lot harder to obtain these days, isn’t it? ” “Sure you do, Boz. You work in a meth lab. Consider yourself lucky—phosphorous poisoning does more than make your teeth glow in the dark.

No. ” “Never. ” “No. I’m afraid my exposure to this world has been strictly through film and novels. ” “Of course. ” “I haven’t done anything wrong. ” Riley didn’t smile. ” “I’m sorry. Have I offended you? I may be an academic, but I grew up in the slums of Johannesburg; my childhood took place under apartheid. I have seen much brutality in my life, and sometimes I feel somewhat desensitized. ” Riley glanced down at her notes. “No, it’s fine. You didn’t know him, after all …” In Interview Room Two, Roberto Quadros was on his feet and pointing an accusing finger at Nick Stokes.

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