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Death in a Strange Country (Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries) Paperback – December 30, 2008
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Brunetti is walking home through "battalions of ravaging tourists who centered their attacks on the area around San Marcos. Each year it grew harder to have patience with them, to put up with their stop-and-go walking, with their insistence on walking three abreast through even the narrowest calles. There were times when he wanted to scream at them, even push them aside, but he contented himself by taking out all of his aggressions through the single expedient of refusing to stop, or in any way alter his course, in order to allow them a photo opportunity. Because of this, he was sure that his body, back and elbow appeared in hundreds of photos and videos. He sometimes contemplated the disappointed Germans looking at their summer videos during the violence of the North Sea storm as they watched a purposeful, dark-suited Italian walk in front of Tante Gerda or an Onkel Franz, blurring, if only for a moment the lederhosen-clad tourists" with what was probably the only real Italian they would see during their stay.
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The story in this novel revolves around two murder mysteries and a robbery, all of which Brunetti is assigned to solve. A young man, probably an American, is found dead floating in the water of a Venice canal. He may, or may not, be the victim of a robbery. Later, a young American doctor at a U.S. Army base outside a town near Venice is found dead in her quarters, dead of a heroin overdose. Finally, the Venice palace of a Milano industrialist is burgled and its owner sent to the hospital from a beating. In all three cases, Brunetti smells a story that would rule out the obvious explanation. His investigation of all these mysteries is hemmed in by his boss, a feckless and lazy Sicilian with a fancy title who is interested only in pleasing the powers that be and taking credit for any discoveries made by defying his orders.
Donna Leon has lived in Venice for twenty-five years. Her books have been translated into many languages — but not, at her request, into Italian. The true subject of Death in a Strange Country is corruption. Leon’s depiction of Italian society and especially the Italian criminal justice system is unsparing. Little wonder that she has resisted the translation of her novels into the local language!
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Hard to talk about writing in a translated work. However, a very exciting read.Published 8 days ago by Barbara S. Weitz
I enjoyed this: literate and amusing and a few hours with La Serenissima.Published 17 days ago by Laurence Goldstein
I'm usually a fan of Donna Leon, but this is not one of her best. The plot moves very slowly, and too much time (for me, at least) is taken up with detailed walks through the city... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Bagel
I am very impressed with this author. My first book of hers and I loved it!!Published 27 days ago by Justine Keller
A very good read - a similarity between all these 'Detective in Venice' stories.Published 1 month ago by roulette
This is an intelligent, thoughtful mystery that does not depend on sensational gore and outrageous characters to hold your interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. sharp
Great book - excellent writer! Fully develops her characters!Published 1 month ago by Anne Marie Preece