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A Refiner's Fire

#33 Brunetti

Donna Leon

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English
Hutchinson
04 June 2024
Series: Brunetti

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A new Guido Brunetti novel is always much anticipated!

Baby gangs are starting to cause havoc in the city – young teenagers with nothing to do and social media to impress with their bad behaviour, who can get away with it because as minors they can’t be charged. Brunetti's colleague Claudia Griffoni gets involved with one young lad, who turns out to be the son of national hero, Dario Monforte, who saved two of his comrades in an attack on a peacekeeping base in Iraq twenty years ago. Coincidentally Brunetti has been asked to check on Monforte's suitability as a factotum for a wealthy foreigner, but as Guido starts to look into his past, he discovers the feted hero was never awarded any honours. Meanwhile the baby gangs are planning something big...

Fans will love this, as the city of Venice plays such a pivotal role in any of the Brunetti novels, and it is as interesting to see the changes wrought upon the city, as it is to see the moral ambiguities that Brunetti and his friends amd colleagues must navigate in order to do their jobs. Lindy

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Brunetti returns with a gripping and powerful case about the murkiness of power and a test of loyalties

When two teenage gangs are arrested after clashing violently in one of Venice's campi, the son of a local hero is implicated. But when Commissario Guido Brunetti is asked by a wealthy foreigner to vet this man, Monforte, for a job, he discovers that Monforte might not be such a hero after all.

This seeming contradiction, and a brutal attack on one of Brunetti's colleagues by a possible gang member, concentrate Brunetti's attentions. Soon, he discovers the sordid hypocrisy surrounding Monforte's past, culminating in a fiery meeting of two gangs and a final opportunity for redemption.

A Refiner's Fire is Donna Leon at her very best- an elegant, sophisticated storyteller whose indelible characters become richer with each book, and who constantly interrogates the ambiguity between moral and legal justice.
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Imprint:   Hutchinson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   357g
ISBN:   9781529154375
ISBN 10:   1529154375
Series:   Brunetti
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Donna Leon is author of the much-loved, best-selling series of novels featuring Commissario Brunetti and one of The Times' 50 Greatest Crime Writers. Widely considered one of the best detective series ever, with admirers including Ursula K. Le Guin and Val McDermid, the Brunetti Mysteries have won numerous awards around the world and been translated into thirty-five languages.

Reviews for A Refiner's Fire (#33 Brunetti)

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A new Guido Brunetti novel is always much anticipated!

Baby gangs are starting to cause havoc in the city – young teenagers with nothing to do and social media to impress with their bad behaviour, who can get away with it because as minors they can’t be charged. Brunetti's colleague Claudia Griffoni gets involved with one young lad, who turns out to be the son of national hero, Dario Monforte, who saved two of his comrades in an attack on a peacekeeping base in Iraq twenty years ago. Coincidentally Brunetti has been asked to check on Monforte's suitability as a factotum for a wealthy foreigner, but as Guido starts to look into his past, he discovers the feted hero was never awarded any honours. Meanwhile the baby gangs are planning something big...

Fans will love this, as the city of Venice plays such a pivotal role in any of the Brunetti novels, and it is as interesting to see the changes wrought upon the city, as it is to see the moral ambiguities that Brunetti and his friends amd colleagues must navigate in order to do their jobs. Lindy





Crime writing of the highest order * Guardian * The series that has shadowed Brunetti for three decades is an epic achievement * The Times * One of the most subtle and exquisite detective series ever * Washington Post *


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