The Girl of His Dreams (Paperback)
Penguin Books, 9780143115618, 276pp.
Publication Date: April 7, 2009
When a friend of Guido Brunetti's brother, a priest recently returned from years of missionary work in Africa, calls on the Commissario with a request, Brunetti suspects the man has hidden motives. An American-style Christian sect has begun meeting in private homes in the city, and it's possible the priest is merely apprehensive of the competition. Nevertheless, Brunetti and his wife, Paola, decide to go undercover. But when a girl's body is found floating in a canal, Brunetti must put everything aside to investigate the secretive world of her people, the gypsies, who exist on the fringes of society. Thought provoking, eye opening, and profoundly moving, The Girl of His Dreams is classic Donna Leon and a spectacular, heart-wrenching addition to the series.
A showcase of nuanced characterization, acute observation and seamless plotting. The Washington Post
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Praise For The Girl of His Dreams…
" Gorgeously written . . . the seventeenth book in this superlative series restates Leon's themes with more intensity than usual."
-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review