Blood from a Stone (Commissario Brunetti, Book 14) by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon's the world over bestselling crime sequence, is again, in a singular that mixes an inventive plot with an fascinating portrait of up to date Venice. On a chilly December evening, a Senegalese guy who sells counterfeit model add-ons is killed at the Campo Santo Stefano. What first seems to be a simple conflict among rival purchasers quickly increases questions: What was once a penniless foreigner doing with a fortune in diamonds? And why does Brunetti's boss wish him off the case? enthusiasts of Donna Leon should be extremely joyful with Blood from a Stone, as Brunetti delves into the secrets and techniques of Venice's immigrant neighborhood and maintains to discover corruption within the top echelons of the govt..

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Marquis de Talleyrand's diplomatic abilities were tested to their fullest in reassuring London about Paris's objectives. "37 Talleyrand gave his "word of honor" to Whitworth that the First Consul had absolutely no desire to interfere in the affairs of Egypt. "38 Whitworth pointedly informed Talleyrand that London was willing to carry out the treaty in 34. Napoleon Bonaparte, Correspondence de Napoleon I, ed. Henry Plon and J. Dumaine (Paris, 1863), August 29, 1802, letter no. 6276, vol. 8, 910; September 4, 1802, letter no.

Philip K.  . a dynasty of slaves, slaves of varied races and nationalities forming a military oligarchy in an alien land" (p. " The Ottoman pasha (governor) sent from Constantinople exercised little authority by 1800. 36. Thiers, Consulate, 1: 486. 37. Whitworth to Hawkesbury, February 7, 1803; Browning, England and Napoleon in 1803, 6165. 38. Ward and Gooch, Foreign Policy, 1: 315. Page 13 regard to Malta until the Sabastiani report was published but that serious delays were now to be expected.

The First Consul put on a show that no observer ever forgot. In front of the entire diplomatic community Bonaparte loudly took Whitworth to task by accusing the British government of trumpeting untruths and fomenting war. After an exchange that left the diplomatic corps "mute with astonishment and fear," Bonaparte slammed out of the room with a final word for Whitworth: "We shall be fighting in two weeks. "52 Whitworth handled himself during the tirade with commendable tact in spite of the not inconsiderable humiliation.

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