The Temptation of Forgiveness

The Temptation of Forgiveness Review

In the twenty-seventh novel in Donna Leon's bestselling mystery series, a suspicious accident leads Commissario Guido Brunetti to uncover a longstanding scam with disturbing unintended consequences

The memorable characters and Venetian drama that have long captivated Donna Leon’s many readers are on full display in The Temptation of Forgiveness. Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from the Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is surprised more consequentially by the appearance of a friend of his wife’s, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Brunetti can somehow intervene. When Tullio Gasparini, the woman’s husband, is found unconscious and with a serious brain injury at the foot of a bridge in Venice after midnight, Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy’s behavior. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is not straightforward.

As the twenty-seventh novel unfolds in Donna Leon’s exquisite chronicle of Venetian life in all its blissful and sordid aspects, Brunetti pursues several false and contradictory leads while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness and craftiness of Signorina Elettra, Patta’s secretary and gate-keeper. Exasperated by the petty bureaucracy that constantly bedevils him and threatens to expose Signorina Elettra, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. This predilection leads him to read Sophocles’ Antigone, and, in its light, consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead.

Title:The Temptation of Forgiveness

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  • Marilyn

    I have been very fond of this series, but this was not up to par in my estimation. The characters seemed flawed, the mystery was somewhat chaotic and confusing, and the ending was abrupt. Some parts o...

  • EAK

    I’m a Brunetti addict, but sometimes the endless detail is just padding. I think Leon wants the reader to proceed at the same measured. thoughtful pace as Brunetti, hence the noting of every hand mo...

  • Helen

    Love the characters as always and the lovely descriptions of Venice. BUT, the series seems to be wearing out.Where would Brunetti be without Signorina Elettra and her computer skills?...

  • LJ

    First Sentence: Having left the apartment smack on time so as to arrive at the Questura on time for a meeting with his superior, Brunetti found himself seated toward the rear of a Number One vaporetto...

  • Diana

    Vídeo review aquí https://youtu.be/TloP1gGQXCY el 23 marzo 2018 :)...

  • Jeanette

    Guido Brunetti is following the most usual police work for any city. It's an assault with resultant severe to possibly fatal injury to a man who has fallen over a railing and down a bridged overpass. ...

  • BOOKLOVER10

    Guido Brunetti is a thoughtful, compassionate, and even-tempered man, who is well-read and curious about human behavior. Even he might admit that his job as Commissario di Polizia in Venice is not par...

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

    I would not recommend this one for someone who isn't already familiar with the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. For those who know the stately pace of Donna Leon's mysteries and the often inconclusi...

  • Doreen

    3/7/18 Full review tk. I wanted to like this a lot more than I ultimately did....

  • Linda

    Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti has another puzzling case, this one involving drugs. Is someone selling drugs in an exclusive local private school? Is there some irregularity involving the drugs s...