By Donna Leon
aka Death in excessive Water
As Venice braces for a iciness tempest, Commissario Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon's intrepid Italian sleuth, reveals out that an previous pal has been savagely crushed on the palazzo domestic of reigning diva Flavia Petrelli. Then, because the flood waters upward push, a corpse is discovered—and Brunetti needs to battle through the chaotic urban to resolve his deadliest case but. Sinister and unique, Acqua Alta is one other chilling addition to Donna Leon's best-selling sequence.
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Slim,” Cohen replies. ” I was a priest for three years before I went to law school. I still believe in miracles, but the Row is a place for cold-eyed pragmatism. ” Nate responds for him. ” “You couldn’t do it,” I remind him. ” The legendary homicide inspector is a meticulous man of unquestionable moral authority who began his career walking the beat with my father fifty years ago. They were the first integrated team in the SFPD, and their partnership turned into a lifelong friendship. Pop was thrilled when Roosevelt moved up the ranks and became the first African American in the homicide division.
There’s an unwritten rule that new clients only call when it’s hopelessly inconvenient. ” “A last-minute death-penalty appeal isn’t exactly what I had in mind, Mr. ” Her scowl becomes more pronounced. “Lou Cohen is bringing us in for a reason,” she observes. ” Asserting an Ineffective Assistance of Counsel claim is a standard legal tactic in death-penalty cases. If you have nothing more convincing, you argue that the attorneys screwed up. It’s one of the reasons trial lawyers rarely handle appeals for their clients––it puts them in the awkward position of having to assert IAC claims against themselves.
One of the victims was Nate’s own client. The second was a competitor, and the third was the competitor’s lawyer. Nate was found unconscious in the alley behind the restaurant with a semiautomatic pistol under his arm. Ballistic tests proved the slugs had been fired from that gun. Nate steadfastly claimed the weapon had been planted. He had fallen off a fire escape while leaving the building following the shootings, and sustained the injury that cost him the use of his legs. The prosecutors argued he was attempting to flee.