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Leon, Donna. BLOOD FROM A STONE - William Heinemann 2005

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Blood from a Stone by Donna Leon. 2005 - William Heinemann. For sale is a first edition, later printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, Blood from a Stone by Donna Leon, published in 2005 by William Heinemann.

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Title Blood from a Stone
Author Donna Leon
Publisher William Heinemann
Edition first edition, later printing
Copyright Year 2005
ISBN 0434012998
Cover Price 15.99
No. Pages 276
Dimensions 22 cm x 14 cm
Weight (kg) 0.46

The book is a first edition, later printing as evidenced by an incomplete numberline on the copyright page.

The book has blue boards and silver lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £15.99.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Donna Leon

Donna Leon has lived in Venice for many years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, England, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed, most recently 'Friends in High Places', which won the 'Crime Writers' Association Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction.

Synopsis of this title

On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a man is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano.

The closest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death - fake handbags of every designer label. Officially termed a venditore ambulante or extracomunitario, the dead man was working as a vu cumpra, one of the many Black Africans purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits.

Arriving on the scene, Commissario Brunetti's response matches that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill a vu cumpra? With few social connections and little money, in-fighting amongst these workers is the obvious answer. But once Brunetti begins investigating this Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake within the immigrant society.

Warned by Patta, his superior, to resist further involvement in the case, Brunetti only becomes more determined to unearth the truth behind this mysterious killing. However, reluctant as he is to let this event be smugly relegated to the category of 'not worth dealing with', how far will Brunetti be able to penetrate the murky subculture of Venice's illegal community?

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'Wonderfully familiar characters, a powerful sense of place and expert plotting'

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