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Publisher's Summary

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

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"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)

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Escape to Northern Italy if you dare...

Love the narration of this book, you can see the streets of Venice and Padua as the story is read. The book itself was well done, I was immersed in the story from the start. There is murder, human trafficking and stolen innocence. Step into the pages of Northern Italy for a short while.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Darker than Usual for Leon

I never regret purchasing a Brunetti novel, and always find them interesting and well worth the time. In this case, the issues are exceptionally painful and seamy, so I enjoyed this one a little less than the others, but it was still well worth the read. As usual, the characters are individual and enjoyable, as are the interactions.

As always, the sense of place is enjoyable without the mess that some authors make by trying to turn it into a travelogue. The atmosphere of Venice is distinctly with us but always in a natural way that blends with the plot progression.

AUDIO: David Colacci consistently does a good job. I sometimes wish he'd go slightly lighter on the accents, but on the whole he's excellent. He understands the ongoing characters very well and gives a true rendering of their conversations.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Venetian setting & mystery Superb!

Would you consider the audio edition of Death and Judgment to be better than the print version?

Leon's books are well written & enjoyable but with the audio book one gets the sound of Italian words & intonation in the bargain.

What did you like best about this story?

The setting in Venice & environs is intriguing. The juxtaposition of Commissario Brunetti's professional & private lives. The crimes of rape, murder, human trafficking are bad enough to need the balance of family life.

Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Even though Colacci has an American accent it is not distracting. He portrays the different characters convincingly & pronounces the Italian believably. I have enjoyed Colacci's other narrations, he is a professional.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A Venetian police mystery!

Any additional comments?

Leon captures the flavor of Italian life well for an American audience. The book did not have the feel of a translation. I don't think it needn't to be translated, as Donna Leon has lived abroad & especially in Italy for a number of years. I do enjoy translations for the local color they impart. With Leon's books she interprets that local color for the reader.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Had to remind myself this was only fiction

A truck meets with a terrible accident in the snowy Dolomites, and spilling out of it's bowels among the cargo of wood are also strange mannequins... but the mannequins are bleeding, which must mean they are real women. The horror of this accident is only a small presage of more to come.

Commissario Guido Brunetti is put on the case of the murder of a prominent lawyer, shot dead on an intercity train. Then an accountant and business associate of the lawyer also turns up dead, and Brunetti starts suspecting the connection might be an international prostitution ring. His 14-year-old daughter Chiara offers her help as an apprentice investigator; she's been to school with the murdered lawyer's daughter and may be able to unearth some clues. But no one is prepared for the extent of the horror she uncovers in the process, least of all Chiara herself, and Brunetti can't forgive himself for unwittingly exposing his beloved daughter to such monstrous crimes.

I’ve read several novels in the series and knew that Leon tends to combine an insider's view of Venice and the comforts of the inspector's home life with the vilest of crimes and conspiracies, but the nature of one of the crimes committed against women in this particular instance were so evil that I was quite shocked. But in the end, Brunetti is a man with a conscience and in comforting his daughter, he also comforts his reader; heinous crimes won't go away, but love and kindness are also here to stay. Recommended, but this ones necessitates a solid stomach.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable police drama

Another gripping police story from Donna Leon and her Commisario Guido Brunetti. . If you have ever been to Venice Italy, or would like to some day, and enjoy police drama stories, then this book is for you.

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Best at 1.25 speed

So many great reviews for the Guido Brunetti series, and I was having trouble staying/being interested....then I added a little speed to the narration (1.25) and found that really made a difference. I really enjoyed Death and Judgment at the increased speed!

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Another compelling and richly detailed work of Donna Leon

Excellent storytelling as always and her characters are true as the Vaparettos of Venice. May there be many more of Leon's Guido Benetti musings.

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Very well done

The narration of this book was excellent. A wide variety of voices to portray. A very touching story and kept me guessing right to the end.

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Terrific stuff

Met all my expectations. Love this series. Donna Leon has mastery of her craft. And we are fortunate to be in on it.

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This may be my last Donna Leon book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

While the mystery kept me interested, some of the interview scenes were very tedious (ex/ "Why did you do that?" "Do what?" "That." "This?" "No, that.") The family scenes seemed like unnecessary filler.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Realism is important, but the lack of justice in a murder mystery breaks an implicit agreement with the reader that the killer will be caught and crime and corruption will be overcome, if just for one fictional case. In this case, the true criminals were not brought to justice. One of the reasons I don't care for many of the male mystery writers (especially the Scandinavian authors) is the tendency toward sexual violence which propels the hunt for justice. The last 2 Donna Leon mysteries I have read have also fallen into this category. I do not want to read about rape and torture in an escapist novel.

Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

Does not do so well with the 14 year old daughter, and Guido sounded much older than the character in the novel.

Did Death and Judgment inspire you to do anything?

No