The Girl of His Dreams

The Girl of His Dreams

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Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries have won legions of fans for their evocative portraits of Venetian life. In her novels, food, family, art, history, and local politics play as central a role as an unsolved crime. In The Girl of His Dreams when a friend of Brunetti's brother, a priest recently returned from years of missionary work, calls with a request, Brunetti suspects the man's motives. A new, American-style Protestant sect has begun to meet in the city, and it's possible the priest is merely apprehensive of the competition. But the preacher could also be fleecing his growing flock, so Brunetti and Paola, along with Inspector Vianello and his wife, go undercover.

But the investigation has to be put aside when, one cold and rainy morning, a body is found floating in a canal. It is a child, a gypsy girl. Brunetti suspects she fell off a nearby roof while fleeing an apartment she had robbed. He has to inform the distrustful parents, encamped on the mainland, and soon finds himself haunted by the crime--and the girl. Thought-provoking, eye-opening, and profoundly moving, The Girl of His Dreams is classic Donna Leon, a spectacular, heart-wrenching addition to the series.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9780871139801
Characteristics: 276 pages ;,24 cm.


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Feb 28, 2021

Character development, descriptive environment both great as usual. However the climax was disappointing. Plot moved along but the ending was a letdown.

Dec 02, 2014

Very good writer! Good book!

Aug 16, 2014

Commissario Brunetti's involved in the case of a young Romany girl who drowned in a Venice canal. He suspects she fell from a roof while robbing an apt. Still, it falls to him to inform her parents, who live in a Rom camp on the mainland. Hostile, they claim she's at home, but can't produce her. The father won't look at photos Brunetti has. Still, the mother's distraught with grief when she sees the snapshots, so he knows the child is theirs. He's threatened into leaving. When he returns, the entire camp is gone. The girl haunts his dreams, especially how different her life was, and always would have been, from his daughter's life. One of the best in this outstanding series.

Jan 16, 2012

A delight to read as always with Donna Leon's Brunetti series. Charming characters and gentle investigations of moral dilemmas and paradoxes while Guido battles with the all-pervasive corruption in Italian society in his solving of crime in Venice.

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