Death in a Strange Country: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Early one morning Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Police confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid canal. All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti the motive of robbery seems altogether too convenient.
When something is discovered in the victim's apartment that suggests the existence of a high-level conspiracy, Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime.
Rich with atmosphere and marvelous plotting, Death in a Strange Country is a superb novel in Donna Leon's chilling Venetian mystery series.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 38 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 01, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #22,128 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I enjoyed the tour of Italy I got in this book, and appreciated the foreign intrigue. I have read a few other books set in Italy, so some of the terminology was familiar. This book deals with an American Army doctor that gets killed in or near Venice. Commissario Brunnetti is put in charge. With an attempt to avoid spoilers, this book dealt with a lot of political intrigue between the Italian police and the American Army personnel presence at a post a train ride away, where the victim was stationed. I found myself trying to figure out what time frame this book takes place in, which was a little distracting.
The book ended on a sad note, and not everything was fully tied up and settled. That was good and bad about the story. Maybe it will be built upon in the next book, maybe not, but I found myself sad after reading this one. That isn't my usual reaction, and the writing was good, and the book moved well. Still thinking about this one, and I guess that is a good thing.
This is the second book in the series (I recommend starting with that one first so you will have a better feel for Brunetti, but you certainly won't be lost if you begin with this one. Brunetti must solve a murder of an American soldier stationed at a nearby US military base, where all signs point to a mugging gone terribly wrong. But in his analytical fashion, Brunetti digs deeper and finds a high level conspiracy involving the US military at the base. Given the political ramifications, Brunetti must, in his semi Columbo style, determine why and how to progress the case given his Superior wants to sweep this all under the rug as well.
I won't go further, but suffice it to say, you will be entranced by our intrepid Commissiario's style, his ability to prior information out of reluctant people and his low key approach. He's the type of person we all would love to have as a boss.
This is one series I'll stay with as long as Donna Leon keeps writing them. It's hard to put the book down once I start it.
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The first novel was a more traditional mystery, with a murder in an opera house. Leon now moves Brunetti away from the glitz and glamour and offers up the reader a far more nuanced and political novel. It begins with a body found in a canal, a young American seemingly murdered in a botched robbery. However, things are rarely so obvious in Venice, and, before long, Brunetti is investigating the dumping of toxic waste and crimes which lead from an American army base to high-ranking cover-ups, involving the government and, of course, the mafia.
Although serious in a subject, there is humour, often dark, usually involving Brunetti's clueless superior, Patta. In addition, Brunetti is forced to go to his father-in-law for help and to realise that his beloved wife's father is a man whose wealth may also come from dubious means. At times, you feel that Brunetti is the only man with morals, but then his fellow police officers step in and help him out and you realise that, even if corruption is widespread, he is not alone. I really look forward to reading on in this series and re-discovering Leon's so-well realised world.
Offsetting the darker elements are scenes of comedy in Brunetti’s ongoing feud with Patta, his boss; and the wonderful warmth of his family life. Nuanced and atmospheric, this is crime writing lit up with wit, intelligence, subtlety and humanity.
Looking forward to book 3, doesn't seen to be available