Drawing Conclusions

A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Drawing Conclusions: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. Atlantic Monthly. Apr. 2011. c.272p. ISBN 9780802119797. $24. M
This fine novel is Leon's (A Question of Belief) 20th mystery featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, the unparalleled Venetian police investigator who enlivens this intelligent series. This time, Brunetti takes on a particularly complicated case involving the suspicious death of an elderly woman, infinitely more suspicious wills and beneficiaries, and the theft of valuable drawings. All of this, of course, is related to relentless greed at the heart of so many crimes. Leon's artistry, however, guarantees that nothing is ever simple. As always, Brunetti's investigative acumen, his patience, and, most of all, his profound comprehension of the human psyche enable him to bring the case to a closure of sorts. Yet the powerful conclusion does not, in fact, directly divulge the solution, and it is this haunting ambiguity that renders Drawing Conclusions Leon's most provocative novel to date. Ultimately, Brunetti's exemplary wisdom, mercy, and kindness offer hope to us all.
VERDICT Aficionados of literary mysteries such as those written by P.D. James and Michael Dibdin will revel in this stellar book. If you read only one mystery this year, make it this one. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/10.]

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