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Die dunkle Stunde der Serenissima

Wilful Behaviour

Commissario Brunetti's 11th Case
Published by Diogenes as Die dunkle Stunde der Serenissima
Original Title: Wilful Behaviour. Commissario Brunetti's 11th Case

Paola Brunetti has just finished her lecture on the code of honour in Edith Wharton's novels, when Claudia Leonardo, one of her students, asks her a favour: She's troubled by a dark spot in her family's past. Years ago, her grandfather was accused of fishy business dealings. What could one do to restore his good name? Can Paola's husband with his knowledge of the law help her? But before the Commissario and Paola can find out what is the reason for the girl's distress, Claudia is dead. The investigation of her death takes Brunetti back to World War II, a time which neither his own father nor his father-in-law, Conte Orazio, have ever been keen to discuss. Brunetti starts to unearth long buried secrets of collaboration, racketeering, and the exploitation of Italian Jews during the War. Gripping, atmospheric and threatening: Commissario Brunetti is taking on dangerous enemies, and the ghosts of the past are more powerful than he thinks…


Crime fiction, General Fiction
384 pages
2003

978-3-257-06343-1

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»This is a powerful story, brilliantly evoking Venetian atmosphere, and the characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series.«
The Times, London
»A classic example of detective-book murder, it is satisfyingly difficult to resolve ... Leon whips up a brilliant narrative storm.«
Sunday Times, London
»This is a powerful story, brilliantly evoking Venetian atmosphere, and the characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series.«
The Times, London
»A classic example of detective-book murder, it is satisfyingly difficult to resolve ... Leon whips up a brilliant narrative storm.«
Sunday Times, London
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