By Donna Leon

At a cocktail party given via his parents-in-law, Commissario Brunetti meets Franca Marinello, the spouse of a filthy rich Venetian businessman. He's charmed - might be too charmed, indicates his spouse Paola - via her love of Virgil and Cicero, yet stunned via her visual appeal.

A few days later, Brunetti is visited by means of Carabinieri Maggior Filippo Guarino from the close by urban of Marghera. As a part of a much wider research into Mafia takeovers of companies within the zone, Guarino desires information regarding the landlord of a trucking corporation who used to be stumbled on murdered in his workplace. He believes the man's dying is hooked up to the unlawful transportation of refuse - and extra sinister fabric - in his company's vans. No stranger to mutual suspicion and pageant among rival Italian police departments, Brunetti is however questioned by way of the more youthful man's behaviour.

Eventually Guarino consents to e-mail a photograph of his suspect, yet by the point the picture arrives, he himself is lifeless. was once he killed simply because he bought too shut? and the way is it that Franca Marinello is concerned?

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Amien laughed. “Merci beaucoup. I couldn’t be happier. ” He rose, bowing at Judy and Anne. ” “Thank you,” Judy said, and Anne nodded. ” Bennie got up. “Let me walk you out,” she offered, taking St. Amien outside her office and into the empty hallway, where he turned. “You needn’t escort me all the way. Thank you again, for everything. ” Suddenly St. Amien leaned over and gave her a deft kiss on the cheek, then turned and left. ” Bennie blinked, caught off balance. She’d never had a client kiss her, but she couldn’t say she disliked it.

Silence fell for a minute, and everybody noticed it. Carrier looked over at her friend. “Hey, Mare. ” “Not at all. It’s nothing. ” She turned to Bennie. ” “No, but Marshall canceled the cards. ” Even Bennie could see that Mary needed to be drawn out, but she was almost as bad at drawing out as she was at comforting. “You’ve been quiet all weekend. Not that I’m not grateful, given the disorderly conduct of your fellow associates. But is something the matter? ” Mary looked away. ” Bennie wondered if it was the thing with her mother.

We have to go to work tomorrow. You’ve all busted your butts this weekend, and I appreciate it. ” Mary set down her pen only reluctantly, avoiding eye contact. Silence fell for a minute, and everybody noticed it. Carrier looked over at her friend. “Hey, Mare. ” “Not at all. It’s nothing. ” She turned to Bennie. ” “No, but Marshall canceled the cards. ” Even Bennie could see that Mary needed to be drawn out, but she was almost as bad at drawing out as she was at comforting. “You’ve been quiet all weekend.

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