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Friends in High Places by Donna Leon

Friends in High Places (2000)

by Donna Leon

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Ein durchschnittlicher Brunetti-Roman, leider ist das Mordmotiv nicht überraschend oder interessant, sondern nur Marke "Standard". ( )
  volumed42 | May 1, 2019 |
Commissario Brunetti first discovers he is living in a grey area of legality and later assigns himself the investigation of probable murder of the young official who brought it to his attention. Also brought and excluded from his attention are many of the darkest areas of legal morass in Venice, and he does not emerge unsmudged, or in fact, entirely emerge. The darkest of these mysteries I've read, and not particularly satisfying. ( )
  quondame | Apr 29, 2019 |
Venice’s Commissario Brunetti is surprised when a young man from the Ufficio Catasto shows up at his apartment. The bureau is converting its records to computer and they’re following up in person with the owners of properties that have documentation problems. After Brunetti’s initial worries about the status of his home, it recedes to the back of his mind when he doesn’t hear any more from the Ufficio Catasto. Then one day he receives a call from Rossi, the young man who had visited him. He’s concerned about something going on at the bureau, but dies in a fall before he can tell Brunetti what’s worrying him. Although the death is ruled accidental, Brunetti suspects murder. He knows something that others do not. Rossi was afraid of heights, and he wouldn’t willingly have put himself in the position to fall to his death.

Brunetti’s investigation is more satisfying than many of the others in the series. With very few initial clues, he and his team manage to solve the crime. However, the plot is weighed down by the very detailed explanation of the bureaucracy of the Ufficio Catasto, the Guardia di Finanza, and other Venetian or Italian government agencies. And once again justice eludes Brunetti, as the perpetrator will not have to pay for his crime. ( )
  cbl_tn | Apr 14, 2019 |
When an apparently honest official in the corrupt Ufficio Catasto visits Brunetti's home to inform him that his apartment does not exist in the official records, Brunetti wants to solve the problem himself rather than relying upon Paola's father for a favor. When the young man, after learning Brunetti's real position calls him back, Brunetti suggests he needs to call him from a pay phone rather than from the mobile line he's used. The young man does not return the call, and the next day he ends up dead.

In the meantime, Vice Questore Patta's son's involvement in drugs and absence from the absences leaves Brunetti in charge. He begins to unravel a loan scheme which leaves moneylenders rich in lands but paying very little in taxes. When the only potential witnesses end up dead in the same building from which the young man "fell" to his death, Brunetti is certain he's closing in.

I don't want to give away any more of the plot. The ending is probably not the ending those persons who want justice completely served will appreciate. It's rather abrupt, but probably more reflective of what would occur in a situation as corrupt as the one in which Brunetti finds himself. The narrator David Colacci does a commendable job. This is the first time I've listened to one of the Brunetti mysteries, but it will not be the last. They work very well in audio format, holding the reader's attention. This is one of the better installments in the series. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jan 15, 2018 |
This is the ninth title in the Inspector Guido Brunetti series and it's a good one. Commissioner Brunetti is at home on a Saturday enjoining having the house to himself when the bell rings and a young bureaucrat delivers some unsettling news. It seems there are no papers to prove the Brunetti apartment exists. In most cities this would soon be straightened out but in Venice there is no surety the bureaucracy won't have the apartment torn down.

Within days this same young man lies dead after an accidental fall from scaffolding. Or maybe not. Other deaths in that same area, clearly murders, may be connected though Brunetti doesn't know how. To find out he has to enter the dirty Venetian underworld where drug dealing, loan-sharking and governmental corruption all play a part in the answer. ( )
  clue | Sep 21, 2017 |
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. . . Ah dove
Sconsigliato t'inoltri?
In queste mura
Sai, che non è sicura
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Where are you going so rashly?
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Your life is not safe.
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Investigating the lack of a building permit for Commissioner Brunetti's apartment, a young bureaucrat uncovers a frightening secret and promptly dies from an apparently accidental fall; investigating his death in turn, Brunetti is drawn into a world of drugs, loan-sharking, and corruption.… (more)

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