By Donna Leon

At a cocktail party given through his parents-in-law, Commissario Brunetti meets Franca Marinello, the spouse of a filthy rich Venetian businessman. He's charmed - maybe too charmed, indicates his spouse Paola - by way of her love of Virgil and Cicero, yet stunned by means of her visual appeal.

A few days later, Brunetti is visited through Carabinieri Maggior Filippo Guarino from the close by urban of Marghera. As a part of a much broader research into Mafia takeovers of companies within the zone, Guarino wishes information regarding the landlord of a trucking corporation who used to be came upon murdered in his workplace. He believes the man's dying is attached to the unlawful transportation of refuse - and extra sinister fabric - in his company's vans. No stranger to mutual suspicion and festival among rival Italian police departments, Brunetti is however wondered by means of the more youthful man's behaviour.

Eventually Guarino is of the same opinion to e mail a photograph of his suspect, yet by the point the photo arrives, he himself is useless. was once he killed simply because he acquired too shut? and the way is it that Franca Marinello is concerned?

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He skimmed through the articles and read the obituary of Ernst Simmel, who was something of a local stalwart and honorary citizen, it seemed—a member of the Rotary Club, a director of the local football club and on the board of the bank. He had held several offices previously, before moving to live in Spain . . no sooner is he back home than he’s brutally murdered. De mortuis . . thought Van Veeteren, and threw the newspaper onto the floor. What the hell am I doing here? He took off his shirt and padded into the bathroom.

She allowed herself to be swallowed up by the hot water and imagined that she was inside a womb. That was a recurring thought, and no doubt had some significance. She felt her waist and hips, and had the impression that she was not putting on weight. A hundred and twenty pounds. She’d run five miles, the last one pretty quickly. It was true some experts maintained that the most efficient speed for burning up calories was sixty percent of maximum, but what the hell! Surely you would lose a few extra ounces if you really stretched yourself.

The guy must be crazy. He opened the gate, crouched down and ventured in. After only ten yards or so he found a house wall ahead of him, and a thickset man came to meet him. His face was rugged, wrinkled and heavily tanned—it had been a hot summer. His hair was sparse, almost white, and Van Veeteren thought he looked as if 23 he’d already been retired for some time. Nearer seventy than sixty, if he’d had to guess. But still pretty fit and strong, obviously. His clothes indicated that he was on home territory— slippers, worn corduroy trousers and a checked flannel shirt, with the sleeves rolled up.

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