By Donna Leon
At a cocktail party given via his parents-in-law, Commissario Brunetti meets Franca Marinello, the spouse of a filthy rich Venetian businessman. He's charmed - possibly too charmed, indicates his spouse Paola - by means of her love of Virgil and Cicero, yet surprised by means of her visual appeal.
A few days later, Brunetti is visited by way of Carabinieri Maggior Filippo Guarino from the close by urban of Marghera. As a part of a much wider research into Mafia takeovers of companies within the sector, Guarino desires information regarding the landlord of a trucking corporation who was once chanced on murdered in his place of work. He believes the man's demise is attached to the unlawful transportation of refuse - and extra sinister fabric - in his company's vans. No stranger to mutual suspicion and festival among rival Italian police departments, Brunetti is however wondered by way of the more youthful man's behaviour.
Eventually Guarino concurs to electronic mail a photograph of his suspect, yet by the point the photo arrives, he himself is lifeless. was once he killed simply because he obtained too shut? and the way is it that Franca Marinello is concerned?
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I don't care if it sells papers or not. The story is the thing. I don't give a shit about the paper. " He finally turned back to me. "Now you know how I feel about this case," he said. I was silent a moment and took out a cigarette. I was down to maybe half a pack a day back then and could have skipped it but I knew it bothered him. So I smoked when I wanted to work on him. " "Then turn me in. At least you'll be arresting somebody. " "Why are you? You aren't going to clear it, are you? That's what this is all about.
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