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Wisconsin Book Festival presents Donna Leon for TRACE ELEMENTS

Madison Room
Wednesday, Mar 4, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague Claudia Griffoni waste no time in responding. "They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no " Benedetta Toso gasps the words about her recently-deceased husband Vittorio Fadalto. Even though he is not sure she can hear him Brunetti softly promises he and Griffoni will look into what initially appears to be a private family tragedy. They discover that Fadalto worked in the field collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice's water supply and that he had died in a mysterious motorcycle accident. Distracted briefly by Vice Questore Patta's obsession with youth crime in Venice Brunetti is bolstered once more by the remarkable research skills of Patta's secretary Signora Elettra Zorzi. Piecing together the tangled threads in time Brunetti comes to realize the perilous meaning in the woman's accusation and the threat it reveals to the health of the entire region. But justice in this case proves to be ambiguous as Brunetti is reminded it can be when seeking solace he reads Aeschylus's classic play The Eumenides. As she has done so often through her memorable characters and storytelling skill Donna Leon once again engages our sensibilities as to the differences between guilt and responsibility. Copies of Trace Elements will be distributed for free to attendees (subject to availability). Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Seating is limited and will be by general admission. The event is free and open to the public.

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