Beastly Things (Commissario Guido Brunetti)

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When a body is found floating in a canal, strangely disfigured and with multiple stab wounds, Commissario Brunetti is called to investigate and is convinced he recognises the man from somewhere. However, with no identification except for the distinctive shoes the man was wearing, and no reports of people missing from the Venice area, the case cannot progress.

Brunetti soon realises why he remembers the dead man, and asks Signorina Elettra if she can help him find footage of a farmers' protest the previous autumn. But what was his involvement with the protest, and what does it have to do with his murder? Acting on the fragile lead, Brunetti and Inspector Vianello set out to uncover the man's identity. Their investigation eventually takes them to a slaughterhouse on the mainland, where they discover the origin of the crime, and the world of blackmail and corruption that surrounds it.

Both a gripping case and a harrowing exploration of the dark side of Italy's meat industry, Donna Leon's latest novel is a compelling addition to the Brunetti series.

Andrew Sachs is well known for his role as Manuel in Fawlty Towers. From a solid background in theatre, his work also covers TV, films and radio. His voice is often heard narrating documentaries and reading innumerable audiobooks. He has narrated several other Donna Leon titles.

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"The superb reader, Andrew Sachs, has become the voice of Brunetti: intelligent, thoughtful, weary and worldly wise. When the policeman relaxes at night, we can almost taste the cold Pinot Grigio that he sips on his balcony, and when he pays a visit to the sickening, stinking, blood-boltered horrors of the slaughterhouse, we are led right down into the seventh circle of Dante's Hell." (Sue Gaisford The Independent on Sunday)

"A gripping narrative read by Andrew Sachs." ( Choice Magazine)

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Number 21 in the Commissario Brunetti series from Donna Leon, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Drawing Conclusions

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