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The girl of his dreams / Donna Leon.

By: Leon, Donna, 1942- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Leon, Donna, Guido Brunetti: book 17.Publisher: Waterville, Me. ; Bath : Thorndike/Windsor/Paragon, 2009Edition: Large print ed.Description: 418 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781410408747 ; 9781405649933 ; 9781405649940.Subject(s): Brunetti, Guido (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Police -- Italy -- Venice -- Fiction | Romanies -- Crimes against -- FictionGenre/Form: Large type books. | Detective and mystery stories.Summary: When a friend of Commissario Guido Brunetti's brother, a priest recently returned to Venice from years of missionary work in Africa, calls with a request, Brunetti suspects the man's motives. The preacher could be fleecing his growing flock, so Brunetti and his wife, Paola, go undercover. But the investigation has to be put aside when the body of a child, a gypsy girl, is found floating in a canal - and Brunetti soon finds himself haunted by the crime.
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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.

Originally published: London: William Heinemann, 2008.

When a friend of Commissario Guido Brunetti's brother, a priest recently returned to Venice from years of missionary work in Africa, calls with a request, Brunetti suspects the man's motives. The preacher could be fleecing his growing flock, so Brunetti and his wife, Paola, go undercover. But the investigation has to be put aside when the body of a child, a gypsy girl, is found floating in a canal - and Brunetti soon finds himself haunted by the crime.

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Political reality prevails over justice, and a child's death goes unpunished despite the best efforts of Commissario Guido Brunetti in Leon's 17th Venetian mystery. When 11-year-old Ariana Rocich drowns in a canal and goes unidentified for days, she begins to haunt Brunetti's dreams. But Ariana is a Rom, or gypsy, found with stolen jewelry items secreted in and on her person, a discovery that makes Brunetti's investigation particularly sensitive in the face of new departmental directives regarding multicultural issues. The book opens with the funeral of Brunetti's mother before segueing into a subplot about a religious charlatan; so religion, as well as politics, becomes a topic around the family table for Brunetti, wife Paola, daughter Chiara, and son Raffi. A devoted family man, Brunetti is deeply principled if not overtly religious: his character and moral compass in the face of bureaucracy evoke as much interest as the crimes he sets out to solve. American-born Leon describes her longtime home of Venice lovingly, and the ethical grounding she gives this novel lifts it above the norm. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/08.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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