A Venetian reckoning by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

Whilst a lorry crashes on one of many treacherous hair-pin bends within the Italian Dolomites even Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is appalled whilst he learns of its bad shipment. this is often Donna Leon's fourth novel to add Guido Brunetti.

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At the first touch of her hand, the man in the seat leaned slowly away from the window, toppled over on to the seat, and slid to the floor. As he fell, his jacket slid open and she saw the red stains that covered the front of his shirt. The smell of urine and excrement rose up unmistakably from his body. 'Maria Vergine,' she gasped and backed very slowly out of the compartment, to her left, she saw two men coming towards her, passengers moving towards the door at the front of the train. ' Used to this, they turned and walked back towards the rear of the carriage.

He pushed the file towards Brunetti. 'You can have this. ' When Brunetti made no acknowledgement of this, Patta added, 'Or give it to Lieutenant Scarpa,’ and kept his eyes on Brunetti long enough to see what response he'd give to the name of Patta's universally despised assistant. 'Certainly, sir,' Brunetti said neutrally, took the folder, and got to his feet. ' 'To the Ospedale Civile. I imagine the autopsy will be done this morning. ' 'Of course, sir,' Brunetti said and left the office. ' 'Trevisan.

Patta looked down at his desk and pushed a few photos towards Brunetti. Brunetti leaned forward, picked up the photos, and glanced at them while Patta continued to catalogue the many incompetencies of the polizia ferrovia. The first photo was taken from the door of the train compartment and showed the body of a man lying on his back between the facing seats. The angle made it impossible to see more than the back of the man's head, but the dark red splotches on the upturned dome of his paunch were unmistakable.

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