Blood From A Stone

Blood From A Stone

Book - 2005
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In a mystery that offers an unexpected take on life in contemporary Venice, Commissario Guido Brunetti plunges into the Venetian underworld of illegal African immigrants as he investigates after a street vendor is killed in a scuffle.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2005
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780871138873
Branch Call Number: F Leon
Characteristics: 276 pages :,map ;,24 cm


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Jul 31, 2020

Book 14

Mar 21, 2020

Brunetti, Venice policeman, is called late at night to open a murder investigation of a black street vendor, only to find himself stymied at every turn. We learn who committed the crime, but also that corruption means some guilty ones go unpunished. Well-written effort.

Feb 11, 2020

My friend Fern put me onto this series, and I've enjoyed the mysteries a lot.

I agree with the reviewer who indicated that the resolution was not quite what I'd expected from this sub-genera. Essentially there is none on the basis of type. There is however a consistency with the general emotional tone throughout; frustration, helplessness, persistence in the face of losing ground in an unwinnable battle, moral questioning of what one can and should do, etc. Having lived a few months in Cairo, a city with a similar world-view despite its totally different culture, I can certainly understand the protagonist's situation. Under the circumstances, that there was no real solution to the crime, no person brought to justice, is not only understandable, but makes even having such a perfect-world dénouement seem manipulative and artificial. I thought it ended realistically. But it isn't your classic manor-house "puzzle" mystery.

The ambiance is well captured in the narrative. One can not only "see" Venice, one can "feel" and even "smell" it. The everyday activities of the main character, his interactions with others and with his environment allow the reader to "live" in Venice for few hours in a far more "native" sort of way than a tourist visit ever could.

The prose style isn't quite up to Erin Hart's--my gold standard for this type of fiction--but it's definitely better than average. It flows well; you don't often "stumble" over words or oddly placed phrases. The vocabulary is complex enough so the work isn't boring but not so much so that one has to avail oneself of a dictionary.

The characters, even minor ones only briefly met, are well structured and believable. They all seem to have real histories, often only partially disclosed to the reader, that make them stand out as authentic.

I'll definitely read others.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Oct 01, 2019

I do love being in Venice with Guido Brunetti as he solves crimes. I have not read this series in a complete linear fashion as I feel you can drop into the stories at any point. Besides enjoying the life of a Venetian with the amazing good food and wine, I particularly like Signorina Elettra with her secret connections and amazing computer sleuthing.

Dec 09, 2016

(Book 14 in the Guido Brunetti series)

Sep 11, 2014

"illegal aliens," presumably Senegalese, sell fake handbags on the street; when one of them is killed gangland style, Brunetti gets involved. His daughter's racist comment causes a family crisis that makes him think, as he tries to solve the crime that his boss removes from his jurisdiction (and takes away the records). Brunetti and Vianelli can't leave well enough alone, and keep pursuing the mystery, which gets more complex. The ending is indeed strange to Western eyes, but Brunetti is wise enough to understand it and accept it. I liked that ending to a very disturbing situation.

Oct 27, 2010

I was OK with this book until the last few pages where the plot took such an unexpected turn that I found it unbelievable. That said, the characterizations of the Brunetti family remain very good.


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