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The Girl of His Dreams



By: Donna Leon(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; First Edition edition (3 April 2008)

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The original title of the book: The Girl of His Dreams

On a rainy morning, not long after the funeral of his mother, Commissario Brunetti and Ispettore Vianello respond to a 911 call reporting a body floating near the steps in one of Venice's side canals. Reaching down to pull it out, Brunetti's wrist is caught by the silkiness of golden hair, and he sees a small foot - together he and Vianello lift a dead girl from the water. But, inconceivably, no one has reported a missing child, nor the theft of the gold jewellery that she carries.So Brunetti is drawn into a search not only for the cause of her death but also for her identity, her family, and for the secrets that people will keep in order to protect their children - be they innocent or guilty. The investigation takes Brunetti from the canals and palazzos of Venice to a Gypsy encampment on the mainland, through quicksands of connections and relationships both known and concealed, as he struggles with both institutional prejudice and entrenched criminality to try to unravel the fate of the dead child.

Donna Leon’s engaging books have been the cheapest way to travel to Italy for quite some time -- and her legion of admirers know that the Venice of her protagonist Commissario Brunetti is a wonderful destination for the crime fiction lover. Leon, an American expat who now lives in la Serenissima (with such luminaries as opera singer Cecilia Bartoli as one of her friends) has gone native – in no uncertain terms. Her knowledge of Brunetti’s water-logged beat is transmuted into vivid and evocative narratives: the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge are often the dark passageways to another, darker Italy, where hidden (and not-so-hidden) corruption – in politics and daily life – is very much an everyday thing (as headlines in the papers – not just in Donna Leon’s books –remind us on a daily basis).

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  • By Sue from the south on 22 May 2017

    Venice and the people come alive as do their cares, concerns, politics and food. These books are always an enjoyable read

  • By Don M on 16 May 2017

    Anyone who has spent time in Venice will probably enjoy these novels which, to my mind, capture the feel of the place in a gentle and interesting way. I really really like the series.

  • By Robert Wybrow on 3 May 2017

    The item arrived on time and in excellent condition, plus sometimes a useful bookmark - a nice touch.

  • By Terry Martin on 6 July 2015

    what can you say about the Brunetti books? Just so good.

  • By jean axford on 4 March 2017

    Politically astute but simpatico to today's problems albeit written some years ago. Less a crime novel more about interaction between people.

  • By Mr Pye on 24 May 2014

    Good atmosphere. Cleverly written and subtle in that the under dogs switch places with the big wheels who started out as victims. But we're they? It leaves you with much food for thought.

  • By John Mildren on 19 April 2017

    Very good condition loved the book thank you

  • By Jennie on 20 July 2017

    Very good.

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