Unto Us a Son Is Given
Donna Leon

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Narrated By: David Sibley

Duration: 8 hours and 13 minutes

What to expect

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Unto Us a Son Is Given written by Donna Leon, read by David Sibley.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLD DAGGER AWARD

The latest bestselling Venice crime novel from celebrated author Donna Leon


As a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count’s best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws, this man would become the sole heir to Gonzalo’s substantial fortune, something which Gonzalo’s friends, including the Count, find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why they're so intent on meddling in the old man's business.

Not long after Brunetti meets with Gonzalo, the elderly man unexpectedly passes away from natural causes. Old and frail, Gonzalo’s death goes unquestioned, and a few of his oldest friends gather in Venice to plan the memorial service.

But when Berta, a striking woman and one of Gonzalo’s closest confidantes, is strangled in her hotel room, Brunetti is drawn into long-buried secrets from Gonzalo’s past. What did Berta know? And who would go to such lengths to ensure it would remain hidden?

Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly follows the twists and turns of the human condition, set against the ebb and flow of Venetian life.

Genre

Crime & mystery fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction

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Leon’s novels are unshowy and imbued with the humanist outlook that makes Brunetti such an appealing character.

Sunday Times

Just as exciting as anything by Lee Child or Jeffrey Deaver.

Evening Standard

Atmospheric, clever, witty and amusing. If I were only allowed to read one crime series again it would be that of Donna Leon.

The Times

[A] charming series, and it is a pleasure to spend time with Brunetti, his academic wife, Paola, and their children as they eat delicious food and drink good wine.

Literary Review

Once again, Leon transforms what might have been a straightforward mystery into something much richer and more resonant ... Far more than whodunit, the real subject of this novel (and Leon's work in general) is what we all do to one another.