Willful Behavior

Willful Behavior

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When one of his wife's Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it. But when the girl is found dead, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo suddenly becomes Brunetti's case, no longer Paola's student. Claudia seems to have no discernible living family - her only familial relationship is with an elderly Austrian woman, who was the lover of her grandfather, but was not herself Claudia's grandmother. Brunetti is both intrigued and stunned by the extraordinary art collection the old woman keeps in her small, unprepossessing flat, and when she in turn is found dead, the case seems to have be about to open up long buried secrets of collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews during the war, secrets few in Italy are happy to explore.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2018
Edition: Grove Atlantic edition
ISBN: 9780802128515
0802128513
Branch Call Number: Mystery Leo
Characteristics: 288, 14 pages ; 22 cm

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fpsutka
Jun 26, 2019

What is that animal on the cover below the semi-naked "soldier"?
It isn't her grandmother that Brunetti finds in Venice, but rather an honorary grandmother, a woman who lived with Claudia's grandfather. She was Austrian.

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 18, 2014

Claudia, one of Brunetti's wife's best students, asks him what it would take to get a pardon for a long-ago crime. She's unwilling to tell him much, and he forgets it. Until, that is, she's murdered. Brunetti can't resist following up, especially when an art dealer is murdered. Claudia's grandfather had been involved with art, so Brunetti suspects a connection. She spoke of her grandmother, but didn't give her name, so the case is convoluted. Eventually he finds her--and a huge collection of art stolen by the Nazis. No one wants this subject discussed, and statutes of limitations have run out. But Brunetti's sense of honor keep him involved. Another great page turner. Also another development in the relationship between Brunetti and his sidekick.

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Palomino
Aug 21, 2011

Good writing! Love this author.

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kturnbull
Jan 01, 2011

recommended by Jane Qunin. Not bad for a mystery, but not enough to convert me

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