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Publisher's Summary

When Venetian detective Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to investigate a presumed suicide in Venice's elite military academy, his inquiries are immediately met with a wall of silence. The young man is the son of a doctor and former politician, a man of an impeccable integrity all too rare in Italian politics.

Dr. Moro seems devastated by his son's death; but while both he and his apparently estranged wife seem convinced that the boy would not have committed suicide, neither appears eager to talk to the police or to involve Brunetti in any kind of investigation into their son's death. Is the silence that confronts Brunetti the natural reluctance of Italians to involve themselves with the authorities, or is he facing a conspiracy far greater than this one death?

Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.
©2003 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks America

Critic Reviews

"Despite the serious issues they raise, Leon's books shimmer in the grace of their setting and are warmed by the charm of their characters." ( The New York Times)
"Silken prose and considerable charm." ( The Washington Post)
"European reviewers consistently put Leon in the same class as Ruth Rendell and Patricia Highsmith, and American critics should start doing the same." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Pamela
  • Bigfork, Montana
  • 10-03-13

Not one of my favorite Brunetti stories

This story includes most of my favorite characters from the Brunetti series but places them in a completely new environment - a military school. While Guido always fights red tape and needless delay, here they are his primary opponents. I do not feel you get as much Venetian ambiance in this edition as it is primarily focused on the society and culture of the military and the school. David Colacci, as always, does a fine job narrating but did not pull me into the story as much in Uniform Justice as he does with other books in the series.

If you are new to Inspector Brunetti, I would not recommend starting with this book. Try the first in the series, Acqua Alta (unfortunately not available at Audible) or one of the fine later installments: The Girl of His Dreams, Through a Glass Darkly or Drawing Conclusions. Be sure to pick one narrated by Colacci - he is by far the best for this series.

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nice travel guide to venice, weak story

Nice information on Venice, and if accurate an unfortunately sad tale of arrogance and greed in present day Italy. The story line is secondary to the extremely detailed description of the main characters psyche; the ending is flat.

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Commissario Brunetti solves another murder mystery

This is one of the best of the "Commissario Brunetti" mysteries by Donna Leon. Like the mysteries by Tony Hillerman set on the Navajo reservation featuring members of the Navajo Tribal Police, Leon's story features compelling recurring characters from the police force in Venice, Italy who expose the reader to a new culture as they investigate the death of a teenage boy at a military school. The characters, especially Brunetti himself, are easy to relate to, and the interactions between characters are well written. Narrator David Colacci is able to bring the distinct characters to life with just his voice. Having read several stories in this series by Leon, this is one of my favorites.

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is there never justice in Venice?

I have read and enjoyed several of Donna Leon's books. why do the perpetrators always escape punishment? corruption, greed, and great food are featured. architecture is featured, great characters. but no justice.

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An atmospheric mystery - As usual with Donna Leon

I have read almost all of the Detective Brunetti series by Donna Leon. This story is one of the best in terms of the storyline, the beautiful use of English, and the sense that is evident in the conclusion.

As always with Leon's mysteries, it takes place in Venice Italy and includes interaction with the wife he loves and respects AND the assistant to the commissario, whose abilities to research by hacking other computer systems stuns him.

In this book Brunetti investigates a death in a boys military high school. He doesn't accept that it was a suicide as it appeared. The plot thickens when it is learned that the boy's father was a doctor who briefly went into politics.

I like listening to mysteries when I exercise. As usual her writing keeps my attention and keeps me walking a little bit further than I had planned.

My only negative is that I think Colacci the narrator is much too plodding.

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  • TS
  • Rowland Hts, CA, United States
  • 02-18-12

Left scratching my head

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not sure if Leon meant to leave so many questions unanswered at the end. Possibly leading to a follow up, one could surmise. However, I read Uniform Justice with a book club and there were so many in the group who felt it just fell off at the end and were disappointed. Also, some struggled with the subject matter. This was the first time I've read Leon's books and I thoroughly enjoyed her colorful language and her ability to bring the reader into the scene with passages like .

Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Leon again?

Not sure, but I would do more research next time.

What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His ability to speak the foreign language made the book come alive for me. I found it easier to have him pronounce the language rather than me mutilate it with my failed attempt at the written book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

‎...death and misery had soaked into him like liquid into blotting paper. Loved this quote because it was multi-layered. I pictured someone being so distraught and being slumped over as if they had no bones and collapsing to the ground without an ability to stop himself. Also, the liquid being the blood that run out of the body upon death and being absorbed into the paper or whichever object it would touch. Leon kept me engaged.

Any additional comments?

Subject matter was not for me.

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