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Geheime Quellen

Trace Elements

Commissario Brunetti's 29th Case
Published by Diogenes as Geheime Quellen
Original Title: Trace Elements. Commissario Brunetti's 29th Case

An elderly woman’s cryptic dying words in a Venetian hospital lead Guido Brunetti to uncover a threat to the entire Veneto in Donna Leon’s splendid twenty-ninth novel of the world famous Brunetti series.

Why did the water distribution technician Vittorio Fadalto die? Was it an accident or did he know too much?

»They killed him . . . Bad money,« are the sibylline words the patient Benedetta Tosi manages to tell her visitors about her recenly deceased husband. Although the dying woman probably can’t hear him, Brunetti promises to look into her cryptic accusation. What starts as a private tragedy develops into a larger case. Brunetti does not rest until he and his colleagues unravel the profound and perilous meaning of the dying woman’s words.

Leon gives us a rare insight into the human heart, and together with her endearing characters uncovers new and unforgettable facets of the human condition.


Crime fiction, General Fiction
320 pages
2020

978-3-257-07099-6

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»In an age where so many seek simplistic and wrongheaded answers to complex questions, it is comforting that Leon, in human complexity, remains one of our most beloved writers.«

Bill Ott / Booklist, Chicago

»And now Donna Leon has managed something astonishing. She describes with perfidious precision the mechanism of the system.«

Karin Grossmann / Sächsische Zeitung, Dresden

»This team does arduous policework. The author relishes it, demands it of us – yet the writing is always so coolly thrilling that you just can’t put the book down«

Simone Dattenberger / Münchner Merkur, Munich

»In an age where so many seek simplistic and wrongheaded answers to complex questions, it is comforting that Leon, in human complexity, remains one of our most beloved writers.«

Bill Ott / Booklist, Chicago

»And now Donna Leon has managed something astonishing. She describes with perfidious precision the mechanism of the system.«

Karin Grossmann / Sächsische Zeitung, Dresden

»This team does arduous policework. The author relishes it, demands it of us – yet the writing is always so coolly thrilling that you just can’t put the book down«

Simone Dattenberger / Münchner Merkur, Munich
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