The Temptation of Forgiveness

The Temptation of Forgiveness

A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Book - 2018
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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. When Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious and with a serious brain injury at the foot of a bridge in Venice after midnight, Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy's behavior. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is not straightforward"--
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018
Edition: First Grove Atlantic edition
ISBN: 9780802127754
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Leo


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BPLpicks Jul 18, 2019

This was my first foray into these Venice based mysteries that introduce the reader to Italian culture, politics and corruption. Commissario Brunetti's character is contemplative, unruffled, sensitive and moral; almost an enigma in his crime-centred world.   The cover photo compelled me to pick this title up; it had me at "hello". Immerse yourself in the romance and intrigue of the back alleys and cafes of Venezia! 

Mar 30, 2019

Even the 27th book in the Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries is as fresh as the first. How Leon is able to come up with such interesting issues in a place as small as Venice amazes me.

Feb 10, 2019

As usual good character development and challenging plot that has similar elements in the USA today.... laid out for us to examine. Much to think about in depth....if one has the fortitude.

I read some of the comments stating that the tale was left unfinished. As the story illustrates a current condition, it has yet to play out. Global society is faced with the lack of individual and certainly government responsibilities. The US has a person running for public office forecasting the end to civilization or something in 12 years. Donna Leon's characters lack similar confidence in their government as do many in the US.

"To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea" James Madison 1788

Dec 27, 2018

"The Temptation of Forgiveness" is a lesson in philosophy. Commissario Brunetti forgives the transgression of Signorina Elettra but obeys the law when he apprehends a suspect involved in seriously injuring a man. I like the sharp social commentary on how Venice is changing (and not for the better).

Dec 04, 2018

I enjoyed reading this novel. However I agree with another reader in that the novel has too many loose ends - too many crimes unsolved. I won't describe them here as I don't want to spoil it for other readers. Perhaps this is part one of a series? We need to ask Donna Leon to do a sequel and wrap things up, once Brunetti has made some decisions as how to finalize the crimes, etc. He seems to be sitting on the fence!

Jun 29, 2018

I enjoyed reading this latest in the Commissario Brunetti series, but for some reason that I can't identify, this book seemed a bit different than her previous books. Something about the style I think .....

Jun 06, 2018

I have been a total fan of Donna Leon's Brunetti series.....until now! This newest book was UNFINISHED. She abruptly ends the book without fleshing out the original reason for the mystery. What about the strange behavior of the teenage son? What about the condition of the victim? What about the drug angle? Loose ends all around. Seems this should be Part One of a two part book....or just a short story. I've noticed this with another of Leon's books....abrupt ending with unsatisfactory conclusion...or no conclusion. Seems to me that she was required to finish another book by her publisher and dashed this off. Disappointing. "By Its Cover" was another Leon mystery that did the same thing: abrupt unfinished ending; weak reason for a mystery; lack of character building. I got the same shock of "What happened?!" Her other work has been so rich and full....but she's had two flops. Sigh.

May 25, 2018

Brunetti is called to investigate a man seriously injured from a fall late at night. When he sees the man at the hospital, he recognizes him as the husband of one of Paola’s colleagues who had come to him weeks earlier, suspecting her son of using drugs.

Drug use and abuse is at the heart of this 27th book in this favorite mystery series. Excellent page-turning reading as usual! Brunetti’s female colleagues play big roles in his thinking while solving the case.

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.

Apr 22, 2018

Long awaited and well worth it. This is Donna Leon at her best. The title is the theme throughout an intriguing scenario revolving around the drug culture and parental concerns..


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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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