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By Donna Leon

Detective Guido Brunetti is submerged within the seedy Venetian underworld as he attempts to crack a prostitution ring run by means of prosperous and robust voters. From the writer of Dressed for dying. nationwide ad/promo.

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There followed a scene so confused that it might have been comic, had it not been so grotesque. The piles of lumber pinning the woman's legs to the bottom of the truck were at least two metres high: they could easily be moved with a crane, but no crane could get down the slope. Men could shift them, surely, but to do so they would have to climb up and walk over them, adding to the weight. The youngest of the officers crouched at the back of the truck, shivering in the bitter cold of the descending Alpine night.

3 Carlo Trevisan, Avvocato Carlo Trevisan, to give him the title he preferred to hear used when people spoke of him, was a man of very ordinary past, which in no way impinged upon the fact that he was a man of limitless future. A native of Trento, a city near the Italian border with Austria, he had gone to Padua to study law, which he did brilliantly, graduating with the highest honours and the united praise of his professors. From there, he accepted a position in a law office in Venice, where he soon became an expert on international law, one of the few men in the city to interest himself in such matters.

15. Though he held a ticket for the fust-class section, which was at the back of the train, Trevisan walked through the almost empty carriages and took a seat in a second-class compartment: like all Venetians, he sat at the front of the train so as not to have to walk the length of the long platform when the train finally pulled into the Santa Lucia station. He opened the calfskin briefcase on the seat opposite him and pulled from it a prospectus recently sent to him by the National Bank of Luxemburg, one offering interests as high as 18 per cent, though not for accounts in Italian lira.

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