By Donna Leon
While a lorry crashes on one of many treacherous hair-pin bends within the Italian Dolomites even Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is appalled while he learns of its bad shipment. this is often Donna Leon's fourth novel to add Guido Brunetti.
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If they bad, they would have said something by now. ' 'If that was the reason, then someone could have come along the corridor and scared him away before he had time to search the body. ' Vianello asked. ' Vianello considered this for a moment and men answered, 'Yes, I suppose so,' but he said it in a tone that suggested he wasn't very convinced. Why would anyone want to give such an advantage to the police? Not willing to spend the time pondering his own question, Vianello got to his feet, saying, 'I’ll go over to his office now, sir, and see what I can learn.
Not possible: he must be without a ticket and now trying to avoid the inevitable fine. Over the course of her years on the trains, Cristina Merli had come almost to enjoy this moment: asking them for identification and then writing out the ticket, collecting the fine. So, too, did she delight in the variety of the excuses that were offered to her, all by now grown so familiar that she could recite them in her sleep: I must have lost it; the train was just pulling out, and I didn't want to miss it; my wife's in another compartment and she has the tickets.
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A Venetian reckoning by Donna Leon