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A Noble Radiance (1998)

af Donna Leon

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"In a small village at the foot of the Italian Dolomites, not far from Venice, the gardens of a deserted farmhouse have lain untouched for decades. But the new owner, anxious for renovations to begin, is summoned to the house when his workmen disturb a macabre grave...Then a valuable signet ring is found nearby. It is the first clue to reignite an infamous cold case of kidnapping and disappearance involving one of Venice's oldest families. Only Commissioner Guido Brunetti can unravel the clues"--p.[4] of cover.… (mere)
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have read the rather long sample, could finish reading in Spanish version if I really wanted...later. I think maybe not worth finishing this one, actually.
  lulaa | Dec 27, 2020 |
This is the first, and only, Brunetti mystery I have read, so I am missing a lot of character and milieu backstory.

I didn't much care for him, to be frank, although the mystery itself was well plotted and presented. The clues were subtle but telling, and I was nudged in the direction of the solution without being hit over the head, which is always satisfying.

To be fair, I will copy the note from my sister, who gave me the book and is a fan:

"I don't know if I've ever told you about Donna Leon. If not, I've been neglecting my sisterly duty! Leon is one of my favorite mystery writers for all kinds of reasons, among them her very appealing main character, policeman Guido Brunetti; his wife, Paola, who's an English professor and loves Henry James; and an assortment of other entertaining characters. I also enjoy the Venice setting. Most of all, I like the moral ambiguity that's often a factor in the stories. A Noble Radiance is a good example of Leon's books (though I wish Paola had a bigger role - she's so delightful). Leon is quite popular, and has been writing this series since 1992,usually publishing one every year, so there are plenty of books to enjoy if you'ld like to read some more."

Sis and I have a lot of literary likes in common, but I don't care for Henry James at all (she was an English professor at one point), nor am I partial to morally ambiguous characters unless they reach some resolution (Brunetti doesn't; he just ponders).

We DO both like Dick Francis, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy Sayers, so there are some points for reference.

One example of Brunetti's ambiguity is that he has a gap in his ethical foundation.
p. 86 (remembering his instructions as a schoolboy to examine his conscience):
"There were, the priest explained, sins of omission and sins of comission, but even then Brunetti had found it difficult to distinguish between the two. Now that he was a man, the distinction was even more difficult to grasp."

One thing that isn't ambiguous (to me) occurs in a conversation between Brunetti and one of the possible suspects, where he states the current Italian situation (not new) involving corrupt government officials and venal citizens, and remarks on the decline of religious belief among the public, to explain why he is pursuing a very "cold case" that might have no meaning other than to obtain some closure over the events that resulted in the victim's death.

p. 92: "If divine justice won't take care of private crime any more, then it's imprtant that it be seen to, by someone."

How he proceeds to do that "seeing to" does involve some ethically questionable actions, however.

Other notable excerpts:
p 86: "Years of experience warned him that he was assuming the boy's deah without final proof; the same years told him that final proof was unnecessary here. Intuition would suffice."

p. 125: A conversation between Guido and Paola about capital punishment (for and against) that presents good arguments fairly on both sides.

p.170 Leon delivers a homily on class snobbery via Paola chastising Guido for laughing at the dull policeman transforned by love): "Just because we're smarter than people doesn't mean our emotions are any finer....They just can't dress their emotions up in pretty words the way we do." ( )
  librisissimo | Oct 26, 2020 |
Commissario Guido Brunetti is back. This time he takes on a case of a kidnapping turned murder.
What was once an abandoned field is now the final resting place of a young man buried in a shallow grave. Although badly decomposed investigators can see he was killed with a bullet to the back of the head. The crest ring found with the body suggests it is the only son of a wealthy Venetian count. This son, Robert Lorenzoni, had been kidnapped under suspicious circumstances two years prior and was never heard from again. Dental records confirm that the body is Count Lorenzoni's only son, sending the family reeling with grief.
Confessional: I was a little disappointed with this one. I figured out who did it and why pretty early on. There was a final twist that should have been a shock but really wasn't. The best part about A Noble Radiance was learning more about Brunetti's home life. The scene where he must suffer his daughter's salty cooking is hilarious. I could see that in a movie. I also enjoyed his intimidating dinner date with his father-in-law (also a count) who inadvertently helps Guido solve the mystery. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Oct 18, 2020 |
The death of a young man previously kidnapped spurs Brunetti to sort out the crime. The ultimate resolution is a surprise. The exploration of Brunetti and Paula’s personalities adds depth and interest to the book. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Oct 2, 2020 |
Donna Leon führt seit mehr als einem Jahrzehnt die europäischen Bestsellerlisten mit einer Reihe von Rätseln an, in denen der clevere Commissario Guido Brunetti auftritt. Immer bereit, die Regeln zu biegen, um die Fäden eines Verbrechens aufzudecken, gelingt es Brunetti, seine Integrität zu wahren, während er sich durch eine Stadt voller Politik, Korruption und Intrigen manövriert.

In A Noble Ausstrahlung wird ein neuer Landbesitzer dringend in sein Haus unweit von Venedig gerufen, als Arbeiter versehentlich ein makabres Grab ausheben. Der menschliche Leichnam ist schwer verwest, aber ein in der Nähe gefundener Ring erweist sich als erster Hinweis, der einen berüchtigten Fall von Entführung wieder aufdeckt, in den eine der aristokratischsten Familien Venedigs verwickelt war. Nur Commissario Brunetti kann die Hinweise entschlüsseln und seinen Weg sowohl in das Herz des patrizischen Venedigs als auch in das einer Familie finden, die um ihren entführten Sohn trauert.
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
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"In a small village at the foot of the Italian Dolomites, not far from Venice, the gardens of a deserted farmhouse have lain untouched for decades. But the new owner, anxious for renovations to begin, is summoned to the house when his workmen disturb a macabre grave...Then a valuable signet ring is found nearby. It is the first clue to reignite an infamous cold case of kidnapping and disappearance involving one of Venice's oldest families. Only Commissioner Guido Brunetti can unravel the clues"--p.[4] of cover.

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