By Donna Leon
In Death and Judgment, a truck crashes and spills its harmful shipment on a treacherous street within the Italian Dolomite mountains. in the meantime, in Santa Lucia, a fashionable overseas attorney is located useless aboard an intercity educate. Suspecting a connection among the 2 tragedies, Brunetti digs deep for a solution, stumbling upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the most important to against the law community that reaches some distance past the laguna. however it will take one other violent dying in Venice earlier than Brunetti and his colleagues start to comprehend what's particularly happening.
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