Death and Judgment

Death and Judgment

Book - 1995
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"Donna Leon's wryly lyrical suspense novels set in Venice have established her as one of the preeminent practitioners of what might be called the exotic procedural. Leon is at the apex of her award-winning form in Death and Judgment, in which suavely determined police commissario Guido Brunetti must descend into Venice's underworld to crack a deadly vice ring run by the cream of the city's society." "On his way to work one morning, Brunetti is accosted by headlines screaming from a newsstand. One paper screams loudest: "The Train of Death." A powerful attorney has been found shot to death on a train from Padua to Venice, but, for all the sensational headlines, only Brunetti suspects more than a robbery gone awry. A few days into his investigation, his suspicions solidify when the corpse of a high-powered accountant turns up - an apparent suicide - and Brunetti struggles to find a connection between the two deaths."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 1995
ISBN: 9780060177966
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Leo


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Aug 14, 2017

This is a fairly early entry in the Brunetti series, the fourth, originally published in 1995. But the recurring characters are all fully rounded, and the Venetian setting is, as always, beautifully described. I try to read series in order, but somehow I missed this one. Brunetti, though he's been a policeman a long time, is still feeling his way into the role, and makes mistakes. And some of those mistakes, he comes to realize, could have repercussions for his family, especially his beloved 14 year old daughter, Chiara, as well as other people. This is one of the darkest in the series, and yes, Leon's done her research. What Brunetti finds is all much too real for comfort. It's fiction, yes, but it's definitely based on fact.

Dec 29, 2016

This was a paperback novel without a map of Venice which the reader could use to trace the places of the events. This novel, perhaps more so than others in this detective series, focuses on the corruption of some of those in power in Venice - certain political, judicial, and police personnel and business people. I wonder if Leon makes up the corruption or if what she describes is based on fact - fact or fiction. In this story Brunetti gets involved with sexual slavery - ie prostitution. The story was a good read and enjoyable as the other of Leon's Brunetti novels.

Nov 04, 2010

Really interesting. An excellent beach read

ellie mae Feb 29, 2008

A quick read. Takes place in Venice. Enjoy the descriptions.

Sep 17, 2007

Reminded me of Inspector Maigret - but updated. A good, easy read. I will definitely pick up more for the cottage.


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