Unto Us a Son Is Given

Unto Us a Son Is Given

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Synopsis

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLD DAGGER AWARD

The latest bestselling Venice crime novel from celebrated author Donna Leon

As a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count's best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws, this man would become the sole heir to Gonzalo's substantial fortune, something which Gonzalo's friends, including the Count, find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why they're so intent on meddling in the old man's business.

Not long after Brunetti meets with Gonzalo, the elderly man unexpectedly passes away from natural causes. Old and frail, Gonzalo's death goes unquestioned, and a few of his oldest friends gather in Venice to plan the memorial service.

But when Berta, a striking woman and one of Gonzalo's closest confidantes, is strangled in her hotel room, Brunetti is drawn into long-buried secrets from Gonzalo's past. What did Berta know? And who would go to such lengths to ensure it would remain hidden?

Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly follows the twists and turns of the human condition, set against the ebb and flow of Venetian life.

Book information

ISBN: 9781785152184
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: William Heinemann
Pub date:
Edition: Export ed
DEWEY: 813.54
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 336g
Height: 155mm
Width: 233mm
Spine width: 19mm