One of my favorite mystery writers, Donna Leon, has written another fantastic (her 30th) Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery. Venice is one of the main characters, along with Guido and his family, and Guido’s fellow officers at the Questura. My personal favorite characters (along with Guido) are Neapolitan Commissario Claudia Griffoni and Signorina Elettra. In this book the Coast Guard and Guido’s team work together to apprehend smugglers and to liberate their cargo. Another expose of the underbelly of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.— From Joan's Picks
As Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, investigate the incident, they discover that one of the young men works for a man rumored to be involved in more sinister nighttime activities in the Laguna. To get to the bottom of what proves to be a gut-wrenching case, Brunetti needs to enlist the help of both the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Costiera. Determining how much trust he and Griffoni can put in these unfamiliar colleagues adds to the difficulty of solving a peculiarly horrible crime whose perpetrators are technologically brilliant and ruthlessly organized.
Donna Leon's Transient Desires is as powerful as any novel she has written, testing Brunetti to his limits and forcing him to listen very carefully for the truth.