BY ITS COVER, by Donna Leon
Brunetti must deal with his philistine superior Patta, whose lack of interest in all things police is disturbing. What Brunetti finds more disturbing, but very useful, is the ease with which Patta's beautiful secretary Signora Elletra, can hack into any electronic file he wants, both private and federale. The staff at the library is helpful and it appears that one constant visitor must be contacted. But Brunetti can't find him. As always, Brunetti's life outside the police department is a great part of the book, and the home scenes are as enchanting as the murder scene is disturbing. As almost always, a 5. This book I found to have great overtones of sadness that many of her books do not have. Perhaps its the repeated references to the endemic corruption in Italy, one of my favorite countries.
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