Drawing Conclusions

Drawing Conclusions

Book - 2011
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Nearly twenty years ago, when a conductor was poisoned and the Questura sent a man to investigate, readers first met Commissario Guido Brunetti. Since 1992's Death at La Fenice , Donna Leon and her shrewd, sophisticated, and compassionate investigator have been delighting readers around the world. For her millions of fans, Leon's novels have opened a window into the private Venice of her citizens, a world of incomparable beauty, family intimacy, shocking crime, and insidious corruption. This internationally acclaimed, bestselling series is widely considered one of the best ever written, and Atlantic Monthly Press is thrilled to be publishing the twentieth installment, Drawing Conclusions , this spring.

Late one night, Brunetti is called away from dinner to investigate the death of a widow in her modest apartment. Though there are some signs of a struggle, the medical examiner rules that she died of a heart attack. It seems there is nothing for Brunetti to investigate. But he can't shake the feeling that something or someone may have triggered her heart attack, that perhaps the woman was threatened. Conversations with the woman's son, her upstairs neighbor, and the nun in charge of the old-age home where she volunteered, do little to satisfy Brunetti's nagging curiosity. With the help of Inspector Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra, perhaps Brunetti can get to the truth and find some measure of justice.

Insightful and emotionally powerful, Drawing Conclusions reaffirms Donna Leon's status as one of the masters of literary crime fiction.
Publisher: New York : Grove/Atlantic, c2011
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9780802119797
0802119794
Branch Call Number: FIC Leon
Characteristics: 260 p. --

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gloryb
Dec 10, 2016

This novel recommended by a reviewing source as "the book of the year" is rather a lovely story, after much consideration, about a troubled man's love for his partner. The reader must wait for the denouement, however, to realize this as Leon throws many red herrings as Brunetti investigates the possible death of the old helpful lady which occurs at the very beginning of the story. In the meantime, Leon throws in descriptions of the various Venice neighborhoods as Brunetti walks to the murder site, to his home, to his office, to the residences of potential suspects, and, of course, to the many vaporettes he takes to get to these places. The helpful map of Venice on the inside of the book covers shows many of these places mentioned in the book. Leon also cleverly embeds the story with several types of corruption in the city which Brunetti often encounters. A good story, but I wouldn't agree with the reviewing source's opinion of it as mentioned above.

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Thunder12
Jan 04, 2015

I think this is the best book she has written. I've read about six. It is even movie material. Very intriguing

Cdnbookworm Feb 20, 2014

This novel is a quieter story than many of hers, with less food. (And usually the lovely food is one of the draws for this series.) Here, a young woman, Signora Giusti has returned home early from a trip to meet her fiance's family and certain things don't seem right about her downstairs neighbour, Signora Altavilla, not responding to her calls or knocks. She goes to use her key to see what is wrong and finds the door unlocked and, after going into the living area, finds her neighbour dead on the floor, with blood near her head.
It is the blood that decides her to call the police, and thus Guido Brunetti enters the story.
The autopsy shows that the woman died of a heart attack, and yet Brunetti can't help but feel that isn't the whole story. There are the marks on her neck, and the nails on the wall.
As Brunetti progresses in the case he gets the helpful assistance of Signorina Elettra in gathering information and his search leads to an organization that helps victims of domestic abuse, and a luxury nursing home.
His case makes him miss more than one lunch at home, but he finds the consolation of his loving wife and some champagne before dinner make up for it.

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dorothyalmas
Jun 12, 2013

As a long time admirer of this author and this series, I was really disappointed in the book.
The pages were filled with lengthy descriptions of facial expressions and other body language to the point of boredom-- in my opinion. I finally gave it up and returned it unfinished.

The author has lost her touch. The book is a diatribe on the shortcomings of the Italian Political system. The plot is weak and the characters have not matured as new books are written. It is fun to see Venice through the eyes of an honest law enforcer but after 2-3 books the writing style is plodding and tedious.

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Mommies2
Nov 08, 2011

Excellent, excellent, and excellent!!! Love the subject and it even has humour in it. When"s her next one?????

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Palomino
Oct 19, 2011

Our hero doing his thing with old people again. And the art, and the food, and all that.

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c_anderson
Jul 09, 2011

This novel was less dark and despairing, and more elegeic than previous Brunetti mysteries.

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sneato
May 08, 2011

I love Donna Leon's books but was disappointed in "Drawing Conclusions". This is not Leon at her best and I felt she wrote this book to fulfill a contract with her publisher. Maybe she is getting tired of giving her readers what they like. Brunetti uses his intuition to delve into a possible crime - but he sort of invented the crime up all himself - he feels uncomfortable about a situation. There is a boring little story there, a tedious irrelevant story, but not one that would compel a police investigation or the readers time. Brunetti wasted Italian taxpayers money, and Leon wasted her readers time.

debwalker May 07, 2011

"Drawing Conclusions is Donna Leon’s 20th novel set in Venice and featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura. Remarkably, for a long-running series, Leon’s characters are more interesting now than they were 18 years ago. Even more remarkably, Leon’s own skills, honed over so many books, have grown and matured, and that makes this most recent novel her best book so far."
Margaret Cannon
Globe and Mail May 6 2011

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