When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife's, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy’s behaviour. But the truth is not straightforward.
Following various contradictory leads, Brunetti navigates his way through a world of mysterious informants, underground deals and secret longstanding scam networks, all the while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness of Signorina Elettra, Vice-Questore Patta’s secretary and gatekeeper.
With Gasparini’s condition showing no signs of improvement and his investigations leading nowhere, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. He turns to Sophocles’ Antigone in an attempt to understand the true purpose of justice, and, in its light, he is forced to consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead.
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By P. Hughes on 07-08-18
Donna Leon is such a compassionate and intuitive writer and I adore her hero.... This story was as usual quite excellent, but I was so disappointed in Brunetti's final decision... no spoiler alert here. It's just that his action or rather non action reflected the title's premise but not Bruneti's essential goodness and compassion. He wasn't punishing the right person by his inaction and it seemed so unlike the character I have come to see as a shining light of the quite impossible balance of pragmatism and humanity.