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Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press
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Rush on, Mercury

by Donna Leon

An elderly woman’s cryptic dying words in a Venetian hospital lead Guido Brunetti to uncover a threat to the entire region in Donna Leon’s splendid twenty-ninth Brunetti novel

  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 320
  • Publication Date March 03, 2020
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-4867-4
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $27.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Publication Date March 03, 2020
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-4869-8
  • US List Price $27.00

When Dottoressa Donato calls the Venetian Questura, reporting that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague Commissario Claudia Griffoni know there is no time to waste.

“They killed him… Bad money,” are some of the sibylline words the patient Benedetta Tosi still manages to tell her visitors about her recently-deceased husband. Although the dying woman probably can’t hear him, Brunetti promises to look into the woman’s cryptic accusation. As so often happens, what starts as a private tragedy develops into a larger case and eventually a menace to the Veneto. In Donna Leon’s superb new novel, Rush on, Mercury, Brunetti—like the messenger of the gods—does not rest until he and his colleagues unravel the profound and perilous meaning of the dying woman’s words. Leon gives us rare insight into the human heart, and, together with her endearing characters, uncovers new and unforgettable facets of the human condition.

Praise for Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries:

“[Leon] has never become perfunctory, never failed to give us vivid portraits of people and of Venice, never lost her fine, disillusioned indignation.”—Ursula K. LeGuin, New York Times

“You become so wrapped up in these compelling characters . . . Each one is better than the last.”—Louise Erdrich, PBS NewsHour

“Donna Leon’s Venetian mysteries never disappoint, calling up the romantic sights and sounds of La Serenissima even as they acquaint us with the practical matters that concern the city’s residents.”—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

“Few detective writers create so vivid, inclusive, and convincing a narrative as Donna Leon . . . One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever.”Washington Post

“The sophisticated but still moral Brunetti, with his love of food and his loving family, proves a worthy custodian of timeless values and verities.”Wall Street Journal

“[Leon] uses the relatively small and crime-free canvas of Venice for rips about Italian life, sexual styles and—best of all—the kind of ingrown business and political corruption that seems to lurk just below the surface.”Chicago Tribune

“Hers is an unusually potent cocktail of atmosphere and event.”New Yorker

“For those who know Venice, or want to, Brunetti is a well-versed escort to the nooks, crannies, moods, and idiosyncrasies of what residents call La Serenissima, the Serene One . . . Richly atmospheric, [Leon] introduces you to the Venice insiders know.”USA Today

“Donna Leon is the undisputed crime fiction queen . . . Leon’s ability to capture the social scene and internal politics [of Venice] is first-rate.”Baltimore Sun

“Terrific at providing, through its weary but engaging protagonist, a strong sense of the moral quandaries inherent in Italian society and culture.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Brunetti is one of the most attractive policemen in crime fiction today.”Philadelphia Inquirer

“As always, Brunetti is highly attuned to (and sympathetic toward) the failings of the humans around him.”Seattle Times

“Leon’s writing trembles with true feeling.”Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Leon started out with offhand, elegant excellence, and has simply kept it up.”Guardian

“Compassionate yet incorruptible, Brunetti knows that true justice doesn’t always end in an arrest or a trial.”Publishers Weekly

“[Brunetti] is a superb police detective—calm, deliberate, and insightful as he investigates with a reflective thoroughness.”Library Journal

“The appeal of Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon’s long-running Venetian crime series, comes not from his shrewdness, though he is plenty shrewd, nor from his quick wit. It comes, instead, from his role as an Everyman . . . [his life is] not so different from our own days at the office or nights around the dinner table. Crime fiction for those willing to grapple with, rather than escape, the uncertainties of daily life.”Booklist

“It’s difficult to describe the work of Donna Leon other than in superlatives . . . An annual blessing, a fine series—one of the finest (see what I mean) in the mystery (or any) genre . . . There are few reading joys that equal cracking the binding of a new Leon novel . . . If you have not experienced this world, so exotic and yet so familiar, you can pick up literally any volume in the series and begin a comfortable entry into Brunetti’s Venice.”BookReporter

“One of the most popular crime series worldwide . . . While the Brunetti books, with their abundance of local color and gastronomic treats, appeal to the fans of the traditional mystery, Leon has something darker and deeper in mind.”Life Sentence

“No author has delved into Venetian society quite like Leon, whose insider’s view shows how crime seeps throughout the city, touching all strata of society.”Mystery Scene