When a body is found floating in a canal, strangely disfigured and with multiple stab wounds, Commissario Brunetti is called to investigate and is convinced he recognises the man from somewhere. However, with no identification except for the distinctive shoes the man was wearing, and no reports of people missing from the Venice area, the case cannot progress.
Brunetti soon realises why he remembers the dead man, and asks Signorina Elettra if she can help him find footage of a farmers' protest the previous autumn. But what was his involvement with the protest, and what does it have to do with his murder?
Acting on the fragile lead, Brunetti and Inspector Vianello set out to uncover the man's identity. Their investigation eventually takes them to a slaughterhouse on the mainland, where they discover the origin of the crime and the world of blackmail and corruption that surrounds it.
Both a gripping case and a harrowing exploration of the dark side of Italy's meat industry, Donna Leon's latest novel is a compelling addition to the Brunetti series.
©2012 Donna Leon (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
"the book is written with that depth of thought about crime and humanity that characterizes the best of Leon's work." (Jane Jakeman, Independent)
"Beastly Things is a perfect accompaniment to a hot day and a cool glass of white wine. Superb." (Crimesquad.com)
"[Leon's] books paint such an appealing portrait of modern Venetian life that they've sent droves of holidaymakers to the city." (Press Association)
"A captivating tale...A chillingly detailed addition to the Brunetti series, sure to have you hooked from the first chapter." (North East Lifestyle magazine)
Not one of Donna Leon's best, but would be an ok listen if it weren't for the dreadful quality of the narration. The reader has no sensitivity to the text, no understanding of the nuances, and succeeds only in spoiling the experience. very disappointing.
Well written and good character development but the slow development of a thin plot and an even slower narration by David Colacci practically sent me to sleep. If you need to know the details of every mouthful of food eaten by the characters, you'll like this but it felt like padding to me. Not Leon at her best.
There is not comparison with the great reader Andrew Sachs! How can Donna Leon admit to read her text in a "badly made" Italian accent! It would be more genuin to read in American without pretending to fake "Italianita"! A reader should at least learn to spell the Italian Terms correctly - starting with the name of Brunetti!
We're most disappointed!
Annemarie & Martin Luchsinger
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