Unto us a son is given / Donna Leon.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Grove Atlantic edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Your situation is always ambiguous, isn't it, Guido?", his father-in-law, Count Orazio Falier, observes of Donna Leon's soulful detective, Guido Brunetti, at the beginning of her superb 28th Brunetti novel, Unto Us A Son Is Given . "The world we live in makes that necessary," Brunetti presciently replies. Count Falier was urging his Venetian son-in-law to investigate, and preferably intervene in, the seemingly innocent plan of the Count's best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodríguez de Tejada, to adopt a much younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws this man would then be heir to Gonzalo's entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalo's friends find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why the old man, a close family friend, can't be allowed his pleasure in peace. And yet, what seems innocent on the Venetian surface can cause tsunamis beneath. Gonzalo unexpectedly, and literally, drops dead on the street, and one of his friends just arrived in Venice for the memorial service, is strangled in her hotel room--having earlier sent Gonzalo an email saying "We are the only ones who know you cannot do this," referring to the adoption. Now with an urgent case to solve, Brunetti reluctantly untangles the long-hidden mystery in Gonzalo's life that ultimately led to murder--a resolution that brings him way more pain than satisfaction. Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly plumbs the twists and turns of the human condition, reuniting us with some of crime fiction's most memorable and enduring characters.-- Publisher's description.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Count Orazio Falier urges his son-in-law, detective Guido Brunetti, to investigate the seemingly innocent plan of the Count's best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodríguez de Tejada, to adopt a much younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws this man would then be heir to Gonzalo's entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalo's friends find appalling. Brunetti wonders why the old man can't be allowed his pleasure in peace. Then Gonzalo dies unexpectedly, and a friend in Venice for the memorial service is strangled in her hotel room after protesting the adoption. -- adapted from publisher's info
    • Notes:
      Maps on endpapers.
      Sequel to: The temptation of forgiveness.
    • ISBN:
      9780802129116
      0802129110
    • Accession Number:
      2018058492
    • Accession Number:
      on1042108991
      1042108991
    • Accession Number:
      fay.639675
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      LEON, D. Unto us a son is given. [s.l.] : Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 16 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Leon D. Unto Us a Son Is Given. Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639675. Accessed November 16, 2019.
    • APA:
      Leon, D. (2019). Unto us a son is given. Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639675
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Leon, Donna. 2019. Unto Us a Son Is Given. A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639675.
    • Harvard:
      Leon, D. (2019) Unto us a son is given. Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic (A Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639675 (Accessed: 16 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Leon, D 2019, Unto us a son is given, A Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, viewed 16 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Leon, Donna. Unto Us a Son Is Given. Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639675.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Leon, Donna. Unto Us a Son Is Given. A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639675.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Leon D. Unto us a son is given [Internet]. Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic; 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 16]. (A Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639675

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 December #1

*Starred Review* Once again, Leon transforms what might have been a straightforward mystery into something much richer and more resonant—in this case, a meditation on love, loss, family, and prejudice. When Venice police commissario Guido Brunetti is asked by his father-in-law to investigate the young man whom a close family friend, 85-year-old Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejada, plans to legally adopt—and thus, according to Italian law, make the sole heir to Gonzalo's considerable wealth—Brunetti is taken aback. What business is it of his—or anyone's—to interfere with Gonzalo's plans? And, yet, there are concerns that Gonzalo, who is gay, is being taken advantage of by the younger man, with whom Gonzalo appears smitten. Would Gonzalo's friends and family make the same assumptions if Gonzalo were heterosexual, Brunetti wonders, prompting him to doubt his own assumed freedom from prejudice. When Gonzalo dies suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage, and his oldest friend, in Venice to organize a memorial, is murdered shortly thereafter, Brunetti is forced to investigate the crime, knowing that even finding the killer can never lessen the human tragedy that stands behind it. Many crime novels place domestic story lines alongside crime plots, but Leon masterfully blends the two, enhancing our understanding of both. It is in Brunetti's conversations with his wife and children, and in his musings on his reading (in this case, Euripides' The Trojan Women) that we come to feel the full force of how preconceived notions about gender and sexuality can erode even the seemingly strongest of relationships. Far more than whodunit, the real subject of this novel (and Leon's work in general) is what we all do to one another. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Like Louise Penny, Leon has cultivated an utterly devoted audience, ever anxious to get to know more about her characters. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 November #1

The elderly Gonzalo Rodríguez de Tejada wants to adopt a young man as his son (and heir), and de Tejada's best friend, Count Orazio Falier, wants his son-in-law, Commissario Guido Brunetti, to intervene. Brunetti sees no reason for alarm, but then de Tejada unexpectedly drops dead in the street and a friend attending the memorial service is strangled. More mystery from one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers ever according to both Time and the Times of London.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2019 March #1

Each year brings the delight of a new Commissario Guido Brunetti novel, and this 28th book (after The Temptation of Forgiveness) featuring the ever-reflective Venetian detective does not disappoint. While the title suggests a Christmas motif, the theme could hardly be further from holiday festivity. Rather, Leon explores matters of human vanity and frailty. Brunetti's powerful father-in-law, Count Falier, requests that Brunetti intervene in the affairs of Gonzalo, an old family friend, in order to prevent irrevocable folly. The elderly and openly gay Gonzalo has set about adopting the attractive, much younger Pucetti, so that Pucetti can inherit his wealth. It is clear to the Count that Gonzalo has been duped into loving Pucetti, who fails to reciprocate. As always, the skillful Leon weaves deft plot threads culminating in the inevitable exposure of Pucetti as a callous gold digger. Along the way, murder and perfidy abound, providing Brunetti with numerous investigative challenges. Ultimately, Brunetti muses about the profound nature of family ties and the danger of family secrets, inviting readers to do likewise. VERDICT Ideal for aficionados of Louise Penny's Kingdom of the Blind. [See Prepub Alert, 10/1/18.]—Lynne Maxwell, West Virginia Univ. Coll. of Law Lib., Morgantown

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 December #2

Italy's inheritance laws figure prominently in bestseller Leon's sobering 28th Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery (after 2018's The Temptation of Forgiveness). The Venetian policeman is asked by his father-in-law, Count Orazio Falier, to check out Attilio Circetti, Marchese di Torrebardo. The count's best friend, Gonzalo Rodríguez de Tejeda, proposes to adopt Circetti and make him the heir of Gonzalo's considerable estate. As little is known about the prospective adoptee, and Gonzalo's wealthy siblings are alarmed by their aged relative's intention, the count suspects that his friend may be subject to other forces besides affection. Though Brunetti's respect for both the charming Gonzalo and his wise father-in-law places him in an awkward position, he agrees to investigate. When Gonzalo dies, followed swiftly by the murder of one of his oldest friends, it seems clear to Brunetti that Gonzalo's plans have set a nefarious plot in motion. Leon provides a sad reflection on the devastating impact of selfish desires on innumerable lives. Agent: Susanne Bauknecht, Diogenes Verlag (Switzerland). (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.