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Blood from a Stone | [Donna Leon]

Blood from a Stone

On a cold Venetian night, shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares: fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Commissario Brunetti's response is that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant?
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Publisher's Summary

On a cold Venetian night, shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares: fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits.

Commissario Brunetti's response is that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant? Once Brunetti begins to investigate this unfamiliar Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake. Warned by Patta, his supervisor, to resist further involvement in the case, how far will Brunetti be able to penetrate the murky subculture of Venice's illegal community?

Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.

©2005 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"Stunning." (Publishers Weekly)
"[A] wonderful addition to one of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever." (The Washington Post)

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 12-11-09
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 12-11-09 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "genre surprise"

    At times this was the sterotypical contemporary detective story with corny novel/audiobook devices like Italian accented English (to make us believe we are following "authentic" Venetians in the storyline) and Italian phrases and cuisine thrown in to make us further feel an "exotic" setting -- BUT, overall, it was superior to most in that genre. Superior, that is, if you are looking for a mystery/ detective listen with a reasonable storyline and no graphic sex or violence, as I do. What raises this to a four star listen is 1. the excellent narration and 2. the presentation of a social justice issue (conflict diamonds), well addressed in the guise of fiction without being pedantic.

    These are a novel and author I would never have downloaded had it not been for the free first chapter to capture my interest. I will download more of Leon now, especially since a couple of her well-rated listens are so well-priced.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Asheville, NC 10-01-09
    Tom Asheville, NC 10-01-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Slow but entertaining"

    The narrator does such a good job that it is a pleasure to listen to this book. It's well written and one gets a nice sense of Italy. It is slow, and there isn't much action, but I still liked it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Salt Lake City, UT United States 05-08-08
    Susan Salt Lake City, UT United States 05-08-08 Member Since 2005

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    "Wonderful listen"

    Another great book from my favorite mystery author.

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    Judith Kikendall FL 06-17-13
    Judith Kikendall FL 06-17-13

    I like mysteries and historical fiction

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    "Not that great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok. I had heard great things about Donna Leon's books, and was disappointed.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job when he changed character voices.


    Do you think Blood from a Stone needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really as the original book wasn't that great.


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    rgsinger 06-04-11
    rgsinger 06-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book!"

    One of her best! Detective Guido Brunetti is someone you'd love to have espresso with!

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    09-30-09
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    "Snoozer"

    Can't seem to get stated with this one and have tried twice. Its a snoozer.

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    Cynthia Lake Linden , MI, USA 08-28-09
    Cynthia Lake Linden , MI, USA 08-28-09
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    "mixed reaction"

    The narrator was excellent and the flavor of Venice is great. At times the dialog between the detective and his family was drawn out and canned feeling. Might be ok for a book but too much drag for audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Char Omaha, NE, United States 08-21-09
    Char Omaha, NE, United States 08-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredibly Boring"

    The reader was very good. The book was like watching cement dry. I can't believe there's a whole series of these with centralized character. I almost gave it up 3 or 4 times and decided to make it to the end. Total disappointment and I would not recommend this book or series to anyone. I've never read a more boring murder mystery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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