Beastly Things

Version: Unabridged
Author: Donna Leon
Narrator: David Colacci
Genres: Suspense, Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2012
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 19 minutes
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Overview

When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can't show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: it turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease. With Inspector Vianello, Brunetti canvasses shoe stores, and winds up on the mainland in Mestre, outside of his usual sphere. From a shopkeeper, they learn that the man had a kindly way with animals. At the same time, animal rights and meat consumption are quickly becoming preoccupying issues at the Venice Questura, and in Brunetti's home, where conversation at family meals offer a window into the joys and conflicts of Italian life. Perhaps with the help of Signorina Elettra, Brunetti and Vianello can identify the man and understand why someone wanted him dead. As subtle and engrossing as ever, Leon's "Beastly Things" is immensely enjoyable, intriguing, and ultimately moving.

Author Details

Author Details

Leon, Donna

Donna Leon has written four previous Guido Brunetti novels, "Death and Judgment, Dressed for Death, Death in a Strange Country, " and "Death at La Fenice", which won the Suntory Prize for the best suspense novel of 1991. She teaches English at the University of Maryland extension at a U.S. Air Force base near Venice Italy, where she has lived for over twenty years.