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Suffer the Little Children | [Donna Leon]

Suffer the Little Children

When Commissario Brunetti is summoned in the middle of the night to the hospital bed of a pediatrician, he is confronted with more questions than answers. Three men, a young carabiniere captain and two privates from out of town, burst into the doctor's apartment while the family was sleeping, attacked him, and took away his 18-month-old boy. What could have motivated an assault by the forces of the state that was so violent it has left the doctor mute?
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Publisher's Summary

When Commissario Brunetti is summoned in the middle of the night to the hospital bed of a pediatrician, he is confronted with more questions than answers. Three men, a young carabiniere captain and two privates from out of town, burst into the doctor's apartment while the family was sleeping, attacked him, and took away his 18-month-old boy. What could have motivated an assault by the forces of the state that was so violent it has left the doctor mute?

As Brunetti delves into the case, he begins to uncover a story of infertility, desperation, and illegal dealings. Then his colleague, Inspector Vianello, discovers a money-making scam between pharmacists and doctors in the city. Medical records are missing and it appears as if one of the pharmacists is after more than money. What secrets are in the records? And what has been done with them?

Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.

©2007 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"Donna Leon is the ideal author for people who vaguely long for 'a good mystery,' meaning a strong story with discreet violence, a wise detective who doesn't drink or brood too much, and a setting that's worth the visit. That Leon is also a brilliant writer should only add to the consistently comforting appeal of her Venetian procedurals featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, an immensely likable police detective who takes every murder to heart." (The New York Times)

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    David High River, Alberta, Canada 05-15-08
    David High River, Alberta, Canada 05-15-08
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    "Inspector Brunetti continues to please"

    I have tried to "read" this series of books in sort of chronological order but have discovered it doesn't matter too much. The plot lines are stellar, the reader SO convincing, and the humanity of the characters encouraging and uplifting -- and in this book, like the others, the "bad guy" is not the cutout black and white character of so many detective novels. Once again, humanity abounds. Bravo, Donna Leon.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 10-24-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 10-24-14 Member Since 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "GREAT ITALIAN DETECTIVE SERIES!"

    I love this series about Venetian police detective, Commissarie Guido Brunetti! Donna Leon writes great crime mysteries while giving the listener an "armchair" tour of Venice. I've read quite a few in this series and, even though several are not yet available in audio format, each novel stands on its own so they can be read/listened to out of order. Again we have great plot twists with a surprise ending, delicious food, good wines, mini-Italian language lessons, and locale color. Narrator David Colacci is awesome with his command of Italian dialects, along with those of Europe and North African - the melting pot diversity of Venice. This is a great book - ignore a recent "hater" who recently has been randomly rating ALL of my reviews as "Not Helpful". Listen to the books I review and judge for yourself. I'm honest about MY tastes but you may see something different. It's called individuality! Try this one for size - I think you'll love it as much as I did!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Pittsboro, NC, United States 03-19-12
    Cherie Pittsboro, NC, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Guido Brunetti and His "Crew" Never Fail!"

    Besides being in love with Commissario Brunetti which makes me look forward to every book and enjoy them, especially this one with this theme, I must emphasize that the narrator David Colacci must be credited with contributing tremendously to the enjoyment of listening to this intriguing and touching story. Colacci is a treasure as a narrator, one of the few who understands that a reader is conveying the author's creation, not acting on a stage! He also has a good, rich voice with no irritating edges to it. That said, I have loved every Donna Leon book I have both read and listened to. Thanks for providing the new ones as they are published.

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    Toertel 03-27-11
    Toertel 03-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting plot"

    I'm not a big Donna Leon fan so 4 stars is about as good as it gets. The plot is interesting, with a rather unexpected ending to the story (at least it was for me). The narrator chooses to have all Italians speaking a heavily accented English, might be a good idea to listen to the excerpt prior to buying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie New York, NY, United States 11-02-12
    Marie New York, NY, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "One of her most touching works"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Suffer the Little Children to be better than the print version?

    Always enjoy the series. I was particularly touched by this story. Ah to be in Venice.


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