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Suffer the Little Children: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery Hardcover – May 10, 2007
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In Leon's 16th Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, at once astringent yet lyrical, two rival police forces—Brunetti and his Venetian colleagues and the carabinieri—are both interested in a doctor who illegally adopts an Albanian infant. When three carabinieri break into the doctor's apartment and seize the child at night, they injure the doctor, leaving him mute. Much of the early action takes place in a hospital, and because Venetian hospitals appear only slightly less bureaucratic and Kafkaesque than their stateside counterparts, Leon's marvelous insights into Italian life, so sharp when she explores a military academy in Uniform Justice or glassblowers in Through a Glass, Darkly, aren't as fresh, sinister or compelling here. But once the IVs and bandages give way to vandalism at a pharmacy and the family secrets of a neo-Fascist plumbing tycoon, Leon regains her stride and the novel's last fifth is first-rate and masterful. Leon seldom delivers a "feel good" ending, choosing instead conclusions that are wise and inevitable while still being unsettling. (May)
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On the face of it, there is very little crime in this latest installment in Leon's long-running and justly honored series starring beleaguered Venetian policeman Guido Brunetti. A case of police brutality sets Brunetti on the trail of an illegal-adoption ring and, from there, to a scam involving pharmacists and doctors. But genre readers waiting for the dead bodies to start piling up will have a long wait indeed; it isn't until the last 20 pages that any truly violent crime occurs. Leon's legion of fans, however, know that the Brunetti series isn't about crime as much as it is about more subtle human failings, and there are plenty of those here. Wherever Brunetti turns in this case, he is confronted by ethical dilemmas and by disastrously rigid responses to them. "I don't have any big answers, only small ideas," he laments, while tussling with what to do about the immigrant who sells her baby, the couple who adopts it, the pharmacist who adds moral judgments to every prescription he fills. In some of the best contemporary crime fiction, the heroes are often overwhelmed by the riptide of violence that threatens to consume their lives; Brunetti is equally overwhelmed but by a more insidious foe: our compulsion to judge others and the way those judgments ruin lives. "Nasty little bastard," Brunetti's wife, Paola, declares about one of the principal's in her husband's case. "Most moralists are," Brunetti replies. Bill Ott
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Brunetti's superior, Vice-Questore Patta has become a well-groomed, fawning caricature; this time the object of his abject toadying is a right-wing politician who happens to be the father-in-law of the man who lost his little boy to the Carabinieri.
Meanwhile Brunetti's colleague, Inspector Vianello is investigating a money-making scam between pharmacists and physicians in Venice. Doctors are charging for patient visits that never took place, and one of the pharmacists, who is illegally accessing patient records, seems to be involved in a blackmailing scheme. At the very least he has made someone angry enough to trash his pharmacy.
All of these plot lines eventually tangle together in one of the grimmer books in this long-running series. Brunetti and his friend and colleague Vianello still find much to enjoy and marvel at in beautiful La Serenissima , in spite of mean-spirited politicians, the ever-present hordes of tourists, and the little orphans who are the real victims of Italy's medieval adoption laws.
This book is predominantly about child trafficking but with a unique set of circumstances and many twists and turns including the surprise ending. There is a sub-plot that emerges during the primary story per another case that some of the officers developed an strong interest in pursuing.
While the book held my attention in most places, I found my attention span wandering at some points. Because of that, I realized I missed some subtle aspects of the sub-plot which would have had a bit more impact if I paid closer attention. Regardless, it is a good book that covers a sad and complex topic but in a way that keeps you guessing . Just at that point where you figure you "know" the outcome ... Leon throws some "curve balls". I'd recommend this to anyone who has interest in light mysteries absent too much graphic detail of the crimes.
Other readers have been disappointed with "Suffer the Little Children" for its flaccid plot and generally slow pace. I think those are valid criticisms, but there is still plenty of pleasure catching up with the series' hero and colleagues and listening to the author's gentle rant about troubles in paradise.l