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The wonderful new Commissario Brunetti mystery.
Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna's books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.
After learning of threats made by an elderly Venetian glassmaker to his son-in-law, Brunetti intercedes and eventually a murder occurs, but not to the glassmaker or his son-in-law. The Commissario navigates the netherworld of Italian corruption with exceptional skill and, as always, uncovers intricate deception and simple desperation in equal measure. Listeners of this popular series are well aware of Brunetti's tendency to pursue cases that his superiors want ignored, but in this innovative installment he starts investigating before the crime occurs. Leon's mastery of her craft continues to grow, and David Colacci's narration is rich with Italian ambiance and nuance. Listening to Colacci read this tale is a wonderfully pleasant experience; very highly recommended! Ray Vignovich, West Des Moines P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Last seen in Blood from a Stone (2005), Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates a murder on Murano, the famed island of glassmakers, in Leon's assured 15th mystery starring the cynical yet diligent Venetian policeman. Has a worker, found singed to death in front of a blazing furnace, been killed because of his environmental activism? Or is this a family feud between the factory's owner and his "green" engineer of a son-in-law? As usual, Leon educates the reader about the charms and corruptions of Italian life (the sensuality of the architecture and food, the indolence and stagnation of its bureaucracies), besides presenting a crash course in 21st-century glass-making. Every character, every line of dialogue, every descriptive passage rings true in a whodunit that's also travel essay, political commentary and existential monologue. And the middle-aged, happily married Brunetti remains unique-an everyman who's also extraordinary: "During his early years as a policeman... people still argued about whether it was right or wrong to use force during an interrogation.... Now they argued about how much pain they could inflict." (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Leon ... has once again, apparently effortlessly, produced a wholly absorbing read." * Sunday Telegraph * "As usual, Leon's witty portrayal of modern Venetian life, and Brunetti's model marriage, are as entertaining as the working out of the whodunit. A joy from start to finish." * Evening Standard * "No one knows the labyrinthine world of Venice or the way favoritism and corruption shape Italian life like Leonas Brunetti . . . the thoughtful Venetian cop with a love of food, an outspoken wife, and a computer-hacker secretary who plays man Friday to his detective" * Time *