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  • Published: 4 June 2024
  • ISBN: 9781529154375
  • Imprint: Hutchinson Heinemann
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $34.99

A Refiner's Fire




Brunetti returns with a gripping and powerful case about the murkiness of power and a test of loyalties

When two teenage gangs are arrested after clashing violently in one of Venice’s campi, the son of a local hero is implicated. But when Commissario Guido Brunetti is asked by a wealthy foreigner to vet this man, Monforte, for a job, he discovers that Monforte might not be such a hero after all.

This seeming contradiction, and a brutal attack on one of Brunetti’s colleagues by a possible gang member, concentrate Brunetti’s attentions. Soon, he 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 interrogates the ambiguity between moral and legal justice.

  • Published: 4 June 2024
  • ISBN: 9781529154375
  • Imprint: Hutchinson Heinemann
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Donna Leon

Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna’s books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world.

Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.

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Praise for A Refiner's Fire

Crime writing of the highest order

Guardian

The series that has shadowed Brunetti for three decades is an epic achievement

The Times

One of the most subtle and exquisite detective series ever

Washington Post

One of the best European novelists around

Amanda Craig

This is Donna Leon at her very best, with rich characters and elegant, sophisticated storytelling

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