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 Beastly Things

by Donna Leon

"Throughout the 21 novels in her much-loved Guido Brunetti series, Leon has tackled various social issues, from human trafficking through immigration policy and sexual abuse, always with great sensitivity toward not only the criminal aspects of the issue but also the more ambiguous toll that societal malfunction takes on individual human lives. So it is again in this wrenching tale of the murder of a quiet veterinarian, the victim of a tragedy of almost classical dimensions. One painfully human mistake, a simple act of hubris, draws an ordinary man into an inescapable trap...." -- Booklist