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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna Leon Narrator: Steven Crossle Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries Release Date:
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Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon’s ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice’s beautiful but sinister byways and canals.

In Willful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife’s students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather. Brunetti thinks little of it—until Claudia is found dead. Soon, another corpse and an extraordinary art collection lead Brunetti to long-buried secrets of Nazi collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews—secrets few in Italy want revealed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Donna Leon’s novels have becomes successively more subtle, more complex and perhaps more serious, without ever losing their compelling power as narratives. This is especially true of Willful Behavior; the story is wholly engrossing.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “Donna Leon’s compelling series…What makes Leon’s work especially unnerving is the sense that corruption is a continuing process…This is a powerful story, brilliantly evoking Venetian atmosphere, and the characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout the series.”

    Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patricia | 2/10/2014

    " Brunetti is shrewd, sophisticated, compassionate, and determined to understand both the past and current Venice. He's evolving to a more open understanding of social issues except where 'southerners' are concerned. When his boss wants to drop a subject or end an investigation Brunetti is willing to go by-pass his boss (a southerner from Sicily) to learn the truth about Nazi involvement and anti-Semitism in Italy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Teresa | 2/5/2014

    " I think I slept through most of reading this, which is not to say it wasn't good ~ I think I was just extra tired. The Brunetti family and the descriptions of Venice keep me intrigued, even if I don't necessarily love a particular plot, so you won't hear me complaining. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicky | 2/3/2014

    " More of the same. I'm beginning to have had enough of the series. His wife is unreal bringing up the children, working as a university professor and in her spare time conjuring up delicious three course meals for lunch! The villains also never seem to get their punishment they just disappear into the ether if the Italian justice system with Brunetti not particularly satisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/2/2014

    " I just love Donna Leon. You can't go wrong with her and Commissario Brunetti. "

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