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19 von 19 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich.
am 4. April 2006
I recently found the time to read "Blood From A Stone", although it is centred around Christmas, it is no Christmas-Story at all, except for some part of the ending. And a kind of an unexpected ending this is, at least unbelievable for me...
Well, the story is about a fake street vendor, selling fake handbags to tourists (and I suppose to Venetians too) and him being shot. It seems very, very difficult to find out more about him and about the men who killed him (we do not get to know his name at all).
The more I read of Donna Leon's Books, the more I am convinced it is not the crimes she wants to describe, but the state of our world in general. The story around the precious stones and terrorism and the government and greed I just do hope it not true at all!
Of course the book is written as well as ever, making you take to the Brunetti-Family more than ever but making you kind of hopeless for mankind in general. Good reading and many questions open!
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am 27. September 2006
Mal wieder ein Meisterwerk der Donna Leon. Ein wunderbarer Brunetti-Krimi!!!

Brunetti ist diesmal damit beschäftigt den rätselhaften Tod eines "Vu Cumprá" (eines afrikanischen Straßenhändlers) aufzuklären. Wer hat Interesse daran einen armen afrikanischen Einwanderer/Flüchtling zu ermorden, der hier doch nur ein wenig Geld für seine Familie verdienen will? Das wirft Rätsel auf! Brunetti wird schon kurz nach dem Mord von seinem "liebenswerten" Vorgesetzten der Fall entzogen mit der Begründung, dass die Aufklärung von anderen staatlichen Behörden übernommen wird. Natürlich lässt sich das Brunetti nicht einfach gefallen und ermittelt weiter... Für den Commissario macht das den Fall natürlich noch interessanter! Was hat das Aussenministerium für ein Interesse an einem toten Straßenhändler? Brunetti kommt mit der Unterstützung seiner loyalen Kollegen und der endlosen Kontakte in Venedig im Laufe der Ermittlungen immer näher an den Kern und muss am Ende doch feststellen, dass die Lösung wohl nicht in seinen Händen liegen wird...

Guidos Privatleben wird auch diesmal nicht unerwähnt bleiben! Tochter Chiara macht beim Abendessen eine abfällige Bemerkung über den Tod des Afrikaners, was natürlich zu einigen Auseinandersetzungen führt und so muss Brunetti nebenbei zu Hause noch verschiedene Streitigkeiten zwischen seiner Frau Paola und Chiara schlichten.

Mein Fazit:

Für Brunetti-Liebhaber und alle die es werden wollen ein Muss! Spannend, gesellschaftskritisch und liebenswert!
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am 9. März 2006
Blood from a Stone is a worthy addition to Leon's collection of Venice based mysteries tackled by the admirable Guido Brunetti. What I particularly enjoy about these novels is the genuine humanity displayed by Guido and his family. After 2 decades in the sordid world of crime, in a police dept with decidedly uncertain backing from the state, Guido has managed to retain his compassion for victims and his dedication to the cause of serving justice. His devotion to wife and family is always heartening to see, as Paola and he struggle to raise their 2 teenagers to become thinking, caring adults. Class struggles, political machinations, and the crime of the day itself all combine to provide a realistic picture of life in a city which is all too easy to regard as a romantic fairy tale of a place. Having seen hundreds of "vu compera" ("want to buy?") while on vacation, it was interesting to learn something about their way of life, their motivations and problems. This is also the first occasion on which Guido has had to consider the dangers inherent in the research methods he and the indomitable Senorina Electra employ.
I listened to the audio version, and enjoyed the narration with its wide variety of accents and personalities. I also recommend Giorgio Kostantinos-'The Quest' A grat mystery thriller.
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am 4. August 2006
A terrific book worth reading! Non stop suspense, mystery, and thrills. I could not put this book down. I also just finished reading Speak No Evil by David Demello and that was great too. Be a detective and pick up these books, but keep the lights on when you sleep.
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am 14. Juni 2006
of Venice based mysteries tackled by the admirable Guido Brunetti. What I particularly enjoy about these novels is the genuine humanity displayed by Guido and his family. After 2 decades in the sordid world of crime, in a police dept with decidedly uncertain backing from the state, Guido has managed to retain his compassion for victims and his dedication to the cause of serving justice. His devotion to wife and family is always heartening to see, as Paola and he struggle to raise their 2 teenagers to become thinking, caring adults. Class struggles, political machinations, and the crime of the day itself all combine to provide a realistic picture of life in a city which is all too easy to regard as a romantic fairy tale of a place. Having seen hundreds of "vu compera" ("want to buy?") while on vacation, it was interesting to learn something about their way of life, their motivations and problems. This is also the first occasion on which Guido has had to consider the dangers inherent in the research methods he and the indomitable Senorina Electra employ.

I listened to the audio version, and enjoyed the narration with its wide variety of accents and personalities. I also recommend Giorgio Kostantinos-'The Quest' A grat mystery thriller.
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Books full of psychology and verbal sparring rather than action benefit from being listened to rather than read. The professional reader (or author) is able to use timing, pace, and pauses to bring inaction to life and invite you deeper inside the mind of the narrator. I found that David Collaci's reading of Blood from a Stone upgraded this book from a four-star effort as a personal read into a five-star listening experience through the unabridged CD.

The main character in Blood from a Stone isn't Commissario Guido Brunetti, but rather the city of Venice. If you know and love Venice, you'll add one star to your experience with this book or CD by being reminded of your great experiences there.

The book is a near-literary-quality novel, even though portrayed in a police procedural format. Ms. Leon is much more interested in having your think about what it means to be a good human than in intriguing you with her mystery and exciting you with her plot. The book raises fundamental questions about our connections to every other person on the planet, our colleagues, friends, loved ones, and family members. Although the book will seem preachy at times about one view or another, Ms. Leon leaves plenty of room for you to draw your own conclusions. But you'll definitely find your sensitivity honed as you think about more dimensions of relations with others . . . and their consequences for you and others.

As the book opens, two assassins stalk and kill an illegal street vendor who is a black African. The police don't rush to the scene and don't find any helpful information to identify the man. Commissario Brunetti makes slow progress through a combination of Signorina Ellatra's computer and persuasive skills, his own snooping around, and Sgt. Vianello's willingness to provide loyal shoe leather and silence. A visit to the abode of the victim yields more clues, but no identity. The clues raise disturbing questions that don't belong in a police investigation.

Soon, Vice-Questore Patta is telling Brunetti that he should go through the motions and not find the killer. The pressure to ignore the killing grows. Brunetti plays along while pursuing a hidden investigation that features his trustworthy colleagues, friends, and family in off-the-record activities. Why is the fix in? Brunetti can only speculate until late in the story.

The book's conclusion leaves Brunetti with an interesting dilemma, one that you should think about as though it were your own before you find out what Brunetti does.

The strength of this book is in its superb portrayal of the ambivalent attitudes and relationships among the illegal African street vendors, the police, the vendors' customers, ordinary citizens, and the vendors' landlords. Ms. Leon does a wonderful job of getting across the full range of perspectives and experiences. Ultimately, she wants you to decide what the crimes are and who the criminals are in the illegal set-up from a moral rather than a judicial perspective.

If, however, you just want an intriguing and fast-paced mystery, you'll wonder what all of the side trips into philosophical questions are all about.
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