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Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon

Death in a Strange Country (original 1993; edition 1995)

by Donna Leon

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Title:Death in a Strange Country
Authors:Donna Leon
Info:Pan Books Ltd. (1995), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 272 pages
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Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon (1993)


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Love this series ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jun 16, 2017 |
Stumbled on this series and read this first. Enjoyed the interest of the Venice location. Not a thriller but interesting enough to continue. ( )
  rwt42 | Feb 7, 2017 |
It was okay, I guess. Definitely did not enjoy it as much as the first one. ( )
  cybercarotte | Nov 23, 2016 |
I've wanted to read Leon's mysteries for a while. I think Italy is my favorite mystery locale, esp. Venice. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |

In this second Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, Leon crafts a plot that includes a conspiracy involving the American military, Italian business interests and the Mafia.

A dead man is found floating in the canal. He is without identification but has three U.S. coins in his pocket. He also has an expertly placed stab wound in his side; someone knew what he was doing when he stabbed the victim between the ribs and directly into the heart. As it turns out he is not a tourist but a Public Health Inspector from the American Army post in nearby Vicenza. The reaction of his superior officer on identifying the body raises Brunetti’s suspicions. Doctor Peters seemed frightened when she saw the nature of the deadly wound, and Brunetti is certain she is withholding information. When his own superior officer seems content to call it a mugging, and the Americans quickly lose interest in any further investigation, Brunetti is even more convinced that something big is behind this.

Leon is a good writer and she has created a wonderful character in Brunetti. In his profession he’s learned to keep secrets and control his emotions, yet he is a loving family man. I love the way he interacts with his wife, Paola; although his interaction with his children is severely limited. Conspiracy-based storylines are not my favorite, however, so that detracted from my enjoyment of this book. On the other hand, I really enjoy the little details of Italian life that Leon includes – especially the food!
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
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Volgi intorno lo sguardo, o sire, e
vedi qual strage orrenda nel tuo
nobil regno, fa il crudo mostro. Ah
mira allagate di sangue quelle
pubbliche vie. Ad ogni passo vedrai
chi geme, e l'alma gonfia d'atro
velen dal corpo esala.
Gaze around you, oh sire, and see
that terrible destruction the cruel
monster has wrought in your noble
kingdom. Look at the streets
swamped in blood. At every step
you see someone groaning, the
spirit leaving a corpse swollen with
horrible poison.
--Mozart, Idomeneo
For Peggy Flynn
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The body floated facedown in the murky water of the canal.
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In Death in a Strange Country Commissario Guido Brunetti confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young American is fished out of a fetid Venetian canal. Though all the signs point to a violent mugging, something incriminating turns up in the victim’s apartment that suggests the existence of a high level conspiracy—and Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime. As dark and riveting as its predecessors, Death in a Strange Country will provide Leon’s growing fan base with another chilling read.

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CRIME & MYSTERY. Early one morning Guido Brunetti, Commissario of the Venice Police, confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid Venetian canal. All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti, robbery seems altogether too convenient a motive. Then something very incriminating is discovered in the dead man's flat - something which points to the existence of a high-level cabal - and Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody, somewhere, is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime.… (more)

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