By conduct and conversation a person gets judged
By Its Cover attests to worldwide respect for Venice-based writer Donna Leon by constituting title #23 in the Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries. It begins with the broken right arm, concussion, and missed flight consequences of inside jobs competing for percentages of fares on an American couple through the concierge calling one water taxi and the porter another. It then considers the inside or outside job of stealing 12 rare books and vandalizing 31 at the Zattere’s Biblioteca Merula of Dorsoduro 3429. Theft and vandalism diminish the utility and value of the affected items and of the entire collection.
The above-mentioned deep truth emerges throughout the Old World where Europe’s Interpol and Rome’s Art Theft division investigate disappearances.