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Acqua Alta (Commissario Brunetti, Book 5) by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

aka Death in excessive Water

As Venice braces for a iciness tempest, Commissario Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon's intrepid Italian sleuth, reveals out that an previous good friend has been savagely crushed on the palazzo domestic of reigning diva Flavia Petrelli. Then, because the flood waters upward thrust, a corpse is discovered—and Brunetti needs to plow through the chaotic urban to unravel his deadliest case but. Sinister and unique, Acqua Alta is one other chilling addition to Donna Leon's best-selling sequence.

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What kind of boats go through the locks? " 'Some. Not so terribly many. Most of them are freighters. " asked Martin Beck. Ahlberg got up, took the photograph that Martin Beck had chosen, and said: "We can get going right away. " It was almost three o'clock when they returned from Borenshult. The traffic in the locks was lively and Martin Beck had wanted to stay there among the vacationers and the fishermen on the pier to watch the boats. He had spoken with the crew of the dredger, been out on the embankment and looked at the system of locks.

That summer he met his wife. She had rented a cottage with a friend out in the archipelago where he happened to be with his sailing canoe. He fell very much in love. Then, in the autumn, when they were expecting a child, they got married at City Hall and moved to her small apartment back in the city. One year after the birth of their daughter, there wasn't much left of the happy and lively girl he had fallen in love with and their marriage had slipped into a fairly dull routine. Martin Beck sat on the green bench in the subway car and looked out through the rain-blurred window.

The doctor paused a second. " Ahlberg bit on his index fingernail. He thought of his vacation which was to begin on Friday and how happy his wife was about it. The doctor misinterpreted the silence. " "No," said Ahlberg. He hung up and went into Larsson's office. Then they went to the Commissioner's office together. Ten minutes later the Commissioner asked for a medico legal post-mortem examination from the County Administrator who contacted the Government Institute for Forensic Medicine. The autopsy was conducted by a seventy-year-old professor.

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