A Refiners Fire, Donna Leon
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A Refiner's Fire

Author: Donna Leon

Narrator: David Colacci

Unabridged: 9 hr 28 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Publisher: Recorded Books

Published: 07/09/2024


Synopsis

In the thirty-third installment of Donna Leon’s magnificent series, Commissario Guido Brunetti confronts a
present-day Venetian menace and the ghosts of a heroism that never was
Around one AM on an early spring morning, two teenage gangs are arrested after clashing violently in one of
Venice’s squares. Commissario Claudia Griffoni, on duty that night, perhaps ill-advisedly walks the last of the
boys home because his father, Dario Monforte, failed to pick him up at the Questura. Coincidentally, Guido
Brunetti is asked by a wealthy friend of Vice-Questore Patta to vet Monforte for a job, triggering Brunetti’s
memory that twenty years earlier Monforte had been publicly celebrated as the hero of a devastating bombing
of the Italian military compound in Iraq. Yet Monforte had never been awarded a medal either by the Carabinieri,
his service branch, or by the Italian government.
That seeming contradiction, and the brutal attack on one of Brunetti’s colleagues, Enzo Bocchese, by a possible
gang member, concentrate Brunetti’s attentions. Surprisingly empowered by Patta, supported by Signorina
Elettra’s extraordinary research abilities and by his wife, Paola’s, empathy, Brunetti, with Griffoni, gradually
discovers the sordid hypocrisy surrounding Monforte’s past, culminating in a fiery meeting of two gangs and a
final opportunity for redemption.
A Refiner’s Fire is Donna Leon at her very best: an elegant, sophisticated storyteller whose indelible characters
become richer with each book, and who constantly explores the ambiguity between moral and legal justice.

Author Bio

American author, Donna Leon, has settled nicely into a series of crime novels set in Venice, Italy entitled, Brunettixote. The novels feature the fictional character of Commissario Guido Brunetti.

Leon was born in 1942, and eventually lived in Venice, Italy for over 30 years. She was an English literature lecturer for the University of Maryland in Europe (Italy), and worked on a military base in Italy for several years, before she became a full time writer. She moved to Zurich, Switzerland, and also had a home in a smaller Swiss village.

The novels have been translated from English into several foreign languages, but for some reason the author did not approve them being translated into Italian. German television has shown 22 Commissario Brunetti episodes that they produced for broadcast.

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