In Friends in High Places, Commissario Guido Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of approval for the construction of Brunetti's apartment years before. What began as a red-tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is later found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that will take him into the unfamiliar and dangerous areas of drug abuse and loan-sharking, and will reveal, once again, what a difference it makes in Venice to have friends in high places.
©2000 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG, Zurich (P)2012 AudioGO, Ltd.
I'm addicted to this series! (I almost stopped writing reviews because of 2 "Audible Haters" who have systematically gone through all of my submissions and marking them "Not Helpful" for no reason other than spite. But last week, I reported the harassment so the website reps are investigating to find out WHO the perpetrators are.)
Although this series can be a bit inconsistent, overall most of the novels are worth the rare miss. The characters are finely drawn and the added detail about Venice makes the listener feel as if we are really there. Narrator David Colacci is perfect. Not so much a thriller than a great detective mystery, the slower pace is worth the plot twists and turns which always keep you guessing.
Have always liked her stories of Comissario Brunetti and descriptions of one of my favorite cities, Venice. I think Donna Leon is perfecting her craft with each book, and Friends in High Places absolutely finds her at the top of her game. David Colacci is one of the best narrators working today.
The story itself was fast moving, had enough characters to make it interesting but not confusing, and kept my interest throughout.
Am looking forward to her next and next and next!! Keep them coming, Miss Leon!!
Nice pace...great characters throughout.
100% wonderful! Best in the business.
Brunetti & Venice...totally Win/Win!
In what may be the quintessential Guido Brunetti novel, our hero faces unanswerable questions of right and wrong in both his personal and professional lives.
I will confess to being a die-hard Brunetti fan, but within the series not all books are created equal. This one will fall into my top three.
We see plenty of the Brunetti offspring and of two of my favorite female characters in contemporary fiction - Guido's aristocratic wife Paola and the power-behind-the-throne at the questura, Signorina Elettra.
Although Brunetti often despairs of the convoluted bureaucracy of Venice, here he becomes completely entangled within its strangling tendrils. Against his better judgement, he uses his connections and social debts to uncover the truth regarding the death a man he met in oddly upsetting circumstances. Along the way, he drags many others into the maelstrom he started.
David Colacci is Guido Brunetti to my ear. As always, he does a fine job with this book giving personality to my favorite Venetian Commissario.
Clever execution of a good story.
I love Donna Leon's story telling.
A terrific listen- captivating till the last three minutes.
It starts with three chapters about Venice bureaucracy over building permits so I seriously considered giving up. But then the police procedural kicks in as a bureaucrat ends up dead. It’s a solid, very well-written, kind of high-brow mystery with a well-considered philosophical discussion about using friends to get out of legal trouble, for things small and big. This is supposed to be her best book in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, winning a Silver Dagger award. But it just didn’t compel me enough so I don’t think I'll read more. And, frankly, the gender dynamics were sexist — example: Brunetti and his wife Paola both work full-time jobs but she does the cooking and cleaning, and he stands there watching while she does it. Bechdel test: Fail. Grade: B
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