Death and Judgment a.k.a. A Venetian Reckoning (Commissario by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

Detective Guido Brunetti is submerged within the seedy Venetian underworld as he attempts to crack a prostitution ring run through prosperous and strong electorate. From the writer of Dressed for loss of life. nationwide ad/promo.

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The doors of the train remained locked. After long minutes of this, someone told the sergeant in charge of the officers that the train had a public-address system. The sergeant pulled himself up into the engine and began to explain to the passengers that a crime had been committed on the train and they were being held there in the station until the police could take their names and addresses. When he finished speaking, the engineer unlocked the doors and the police swung themselves aboard. Unfortunately, no one had thought to explain anything to the people waiting on the platform, who consequently crowded on to the train, where they quickly became confused with the original passengers.

Don Giovanni Mozart’DaPonte 1 On the last Tuesday in September, snow fell for the first time in the mountains separating northern Italy from Austria, more than a month before it could ordinarily be expected. The storm arrived suddenly, carried by fat clouds that swept in from nowhere and with no warning. Within a half-hour the roads of the pass above Tarvisio were slick and deadly. No rain had fallen for a month, and so the first snow lay upon roads already covered with a glistening layer of oil and grease.

She heard the familiar clicks and bangs as the train was shunted to the proper track and the nose of the train slid under the roof of the station. She had worked for the railway for fifteen years and had never known it to happen, but she did the only thing she could think of doing: she stepped into the next compartment and reached up to the handle of the emergency brake. She pulled at it and heard the tiny 'pop' as the tattered string broke apart, and then she waited, not without a distant, almost academic curiosity, to see what would happen.

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