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About Face (Commissario Brunetti, Book 18) by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

At a cocktail party given by means of his parents-in-law, Commissario Brunetti meets Franca Marinello, the spouse of a filthy rich Venetian businessman. He's charmed - maybe too charmed, indicates his spouse Paola - by way of her love of Virgil and Cicero, yet stunned through her visual appeal.

A few days later, Brunetti is visited through Carabinieri Maggior Filippo Guarino from the close by urban of Marghera. As a part of a much wider research into Mafia takeovers of companies within the quarter, Guarino wishes information regarding the landlord of a trucking corporation who was once came upon murdered in his place of work. He believes the man's demise is hooked up to the unlawful transportation of refuse - and extra sinister fabric - in his company's vans. No stranger to mutual suspicion and pageant among rival Italian police departments, Brunetti is however questioned by means of the more youthful man's behaviour.

Eventually Guarino is of the same opinion to electronic mail a photograph of his suspect, yet by the point the picture arrives, he himself is lifeless. was once he killed simply because he bought too shut? and the way is it that Franca Marinello is concerned?

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By now his back was to the camera, and he stood with his bulk blocking its view of her face as well. " Horatio asked. "It's like he had it all paced off ahead of time," Ryan said. " The man raised his shirt and pulled out something, but there was no way to know if it was a gun, a knife, or something else. He held it in front of him, out of camera range. Wendy's hands remained on the steering wheel. "Mister Cooper," Horatio said. " "Her hands? " He froze the action and moved in tight on the hands, which barely showed around the man's body.

But it wasn't a Molotov cocktail or gunpowder or a fertilizer and gasoline bomb, no. Not something that could be brewed up in your average kitchen. " He set the other members of the team to work scooping debris out of the muck and into small piles, to determine if any bits of evidence had been missed the first time through. He went to the seat of the blast, which was where any traces of the explosive were most likely to be found. Although the jagged bits of casing had already been picked up, he thought the explosive device had probably been put on the floor, hidden behind a piece of furniture, a chair or table.

Eric leaned over to make sure he was reaching for tapes and not a weapon. There was a single black-andwhite monitor parked on a low shelf beside three stacked VCRs. " "They hold six hours each," the clerk said. " The clerk muttered a curse and ejected the tapes. Eric could see their slipcases from where he stood, but the clerk didn't bother putting them in, just rose and set the tapes on the counter. " Eric said. " "Like I said, I didn't see shit. " He pointed to the western side of the building, behind his position at the counter.

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