A truck crashes and spills its dangerous cargo on a treacherous road in the Italian Dolomite mountains. Meanwhile, in Santa Lucia, a prominent international lawyer is found dead aboard an intercity train.
Suspecting a connection between the two tragedies, Commissario Guido Brunetti digs deep for an answer, stumbling upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the key to a crime network that reaches far beyond the laguna. But it will take another violent death in Venice before Brunetti and his colleagues begin to understand what is really going on.
Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.
©1995 Donna Leon; (P)2009 BBC Audio
"Leon isn't well known is this country, but she should be. She's a superbly gifted writer whose stories are complex and filled with charm, humor, and intelligence." (Booklist)
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, as police procedurals are not typically my favorite type of mystery. However, Ms. Leon has a talent for making her characters seem very real, and I was especially charmed by Commissario Brunetti, as well as his wife and daughter. While I listened to this book, I could envision it as if I were watching a film. The narrator brings a real Italian flavor to the story. The plot holds your attention, doesn't necessarily resolve like one would hope, but that keeps you thinking even after finishing the book. I will definitely want to read/listen to more of the Brunetti series!
I liked that there was more involvement with Guido's daughter.
David Colacci is a good reader. I like hearing what I assume is correct pronunciation of Italian, and its various dialects.
Donna Leon's Venetian police procedurals have long been on my favorites list and I would read anything that stars Guido Brunetti.
This edition is a bit of a change as much of the story does not occur in Venice - as many would guess from the introductory road accident. It also visits some very unpleasant issues - something which does not become clear until late in the book. Unlike most in this series, the squeamish index shoots to the top in one scene - be forewarned if violent sex bothers you (not graphic but violent).
But it does feature my favorite cast of characters and give a glimpse into the everyday life of a Venetian family (Venetian, mind you, not Italian).
David Colacci is a fabulous narrator for this series - he IS Guido Brunetti to my ears.
I would not recommend this as a first read in the series - but if you are already addicted, this should keep you satisfied.
What I love about this whole series is the way it colors a culture with native nuances and viewpoint while at the same time weaving a wonderful murder mystery tale.
The way she brings Rome and Italy to life are what I like best.
I stayed up until 6 a.m. to finish listening to this book
This is a very well-narrated book in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The characters come to life in the capable narration of David Colacci. The characters of the prostitutes and the few policemen who try to help them are well portrayed. Of particular interest is the loving and lovely interactions between the policeman and his young daughter, who is so much like him that she unintentionally puts herself in harm's way. A tour-de-force, with a cynical ending.
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