My review of Donna Leon's The Girl of His Dreams has been posted on Euro Crime. In my opinion this book was a return to form by the American author, who has lived in Venice for over 20 years, and whose books have been translated into most languages except that of her hosts .
This was a thought provoking book and the 'Girl' was a young member of the Roma community many of whom live in poverty in encampments on the outskirts of Italian cities allegedly sending their children out to beg rather than to school.
Unfortunately real life imitated fiction when the two bodies of Cristina Ibramovitc 12 and Viola Ibramovitc 11 were left on the beach at Torregevata, north of Naples while some holiday makers sunbathed. Others did offer assistance but a recent newspaper poll showed that about two thirds of Italians wanted gypsies expelled even if they held Italian passports. [see article from the Guardian]