Willful Behavior

Willful Behavior

Book - 2010
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From the acclaimed author of The Waters of Eternal Youth , Commissario Guido Brunetti dredges up dark secrets from Italy's anti-Semitic past in his captivating eleventh case.

Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals. In Willful Behavior , Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious , Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather. Brunetti thinks little of it-until Claudia is found dead. Soon, another corpse and an extraordinary art collection lead Brunetti to long-buried secrets of Nazi collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews-secrets few in Italy want revealed.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010, c2002.
ISBN: 9780143117582
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,20 cm.


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Jun 26, 2019

What is that animal on the cover below the semi-naked "soldier"?
It isn't her grandmother that Brunetti finds in Venice, but rather an honorary grandmother, a woman who lived with Claudia's grandfather. She was Austrian.

Sep 18, 2014

Claudia, one of Brunetti's wife's best students, asks him what it would take to get a pardon for a long-ago crime. She's unwilling to tell him much, and he forgets it. Until, that is, she's murdered. Brunetti can't resist following up, especially when an art dealer is murdered. Claudia's grandfather had been involved with art, so Brunetti suspects a connection. She spoke of her grandmother, but didn't give her name, so the case is convoluted. Eventually he finds her--and a huge collection of art stolen by the Nazis. No one wants this subject discussed, and statutes of limitations have run out. But Brunetti's sense of honor keep him involved. Another great page turner. Also another development in the relationship between Brunetti and his sidekick.

Aug 21, 2011

Good writing! Love this author.

Jan 01, 2011

recommended by Jane Qunin. Not bad for a mystery, but not enough to convert me

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