Police Procedurals

Acqua Alta (Commissario Brunetti, Book 5) by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

aka Death in excessive Water

As Venice braces for a wintry weather tempest, Commissario Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon's intrepid Italian sleuth, reveals out that an previous buddy has been savagely crushed on the palazzo domestic of reigning diva Flavia Petrelli. Then, because the flood waters upward thrust, a corpse is discovered—and Brunetti needs to struggle through the chaotic urban to resolve his deadliest case but. Sinister and unique, Acqua Alta is one other chilling addition to Donna Leon's best-selling sequence.

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He hadn’t signed it but he didn’t need to. I knew Uncle Ike’s handwriting well enough. Kay’s eyes met mine as she scooped the card to her breast. “Don’t be a fool, Billy,” she said. Then she was gone. I was glad there was whiskey left in my glass. Good night. What were the things she knew, things Uncle Ike could have said, but didn’t? Good night. What did it mean? With that question, I laughed at myself. What else could it mean? I didn’t want to think about it. Outside of my dad and Uncle Dan, there wasn’t a man in the world I respected more.

It was a pure longing, separate from the fight we’d had, but tangled up in it nonetheless. What I felt was desire for her and an unselfish wish for everything good for her. What I thought, instead of felt, stirred up angry notions of how she’d ruined everything. Did Granddad weep or feel joy, I wondered, as Ireland fell away and the unknown land drew closer? “Watch off to starboard, Lieutenant,” the navigator said as he opened the wardroom door. ” “Thanks,” I said, pressing my face against the window as streaks of moisture raced across it.

Five minutes to go. I began to write Diana a note, then realized I didn’t know what to say. I wasn’t sure about anything. Not her, myself, or where the war might take us. After seeing Kay’s note from Uncle Ike, I wasn’t sure whom I could trust or if trust even mattered anymore. Maybe I was a fool. I thought about saying I was sorry but I wasn’t. I looked at my watch. Five minutes. I wrote fast. Diana— I’ve been called away. Ask the general for details. I can’t say anything. May be gone for a while.

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