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Uniform Justice (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Donna Leon

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Title:Uniform Justice
Authors:Donna Leon
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2004), Paperback, 320 pages
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This is the first book I have read in the series. After watching the series on DVD, I was thrilled to finally latch onto one of the books. This plot was similar to the plot on DVD, but with a less pleasing and probably more realistic ending. Very well written - good character development. I am looking forward to investigating some of the other novels. ( )
  addunn3 | Dec 5, 2017 |
What I like best about Leon's books are that there isn't necessarily a neat, complete wrapped up ending to the crime, that sometimes the good guys don't win. Fascinating look at the pursuit of justice ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jul 25, 2017 |
Once again the Donna Leon and David Colacci team give us a winner. I really appreciate the way this series addresses the grey areas in policing. The Brunetti family relationships are also treasures. I have not read these in order, but I still feel like I know everyone like a friend. With all the wonderful characters and Venice as a setting Ms Leon still writes a terrific mystery and Mr Colacci is a magnificent reader. I really love these. ( )
  njcur | Jul 17, 2017 |
To be brutally honest: as a mystery novel, this is sub-par. It flounders around for almost two hundred pages where nothing much happens to advance the plot. As a glimpse into the mindset of Venetians, it was excellent. This is no gleaming Disney fantasy of sunken palazzos and romantic singing gondoliers - workaday Venice is a cold, gray, cynical place.

Brunetti is struggling to do an honest job as a police investigator despite incompetence and corruption. His world is dominated by a public distrustful of the government, divided by classism, jaded by endless greed and collusion, and surprisingly, with a social stigma toward people with disabilities.

No doubt these books aren’t very popular with American readers – there is no Scooby Doo moment at the end where everything is tied up in a neat little bow. More time is spent on socio-political dissatisfaction than the mystery - however, as a lover of Italy, I look forward to reading more by this author.
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Such a good book and such a sad one. In a sense, it is good because it is truthful. I like Guido Brunetti very much as a detective. I like his family and the discussions he has with them (particularly with Paola, his wife, about his work in the police). He is working very much in a fallen world. ( )
  Denise701 | Oct 28, 2014 |
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Donna Leonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Desmond, William-OlivierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuente, Ana María de laTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuglsang, BirgitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonge, Willemijn deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In uomini, in soldati
sperare fedeltà?

You expect fidelity
in men, in soldiers?
Così fan tutte --Mozart
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"For Hedi and Agustí Janés"
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Cadet hangs himself?
No! Dies for Dad's honesty.
Brunetti solves it.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142004227, Mass Market Paperback)

For more than a decade Donna Leon has been a bestseller in Europe with a series of mysteries featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. Always ready to bend the rules to solve a crime, Brunetti manages to maintain his integrity while maneuvering through a city rife with politics, corruption, and intrigue.

In Uniform Justice, a young cadet has been found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice’s elite military academy. Brunetti’s sorrow for the boy, so close in age to his own son, is rivaled only by his contempt for a community that is more concernedwith protecting the reputation of the school, and its privileged students, than with finding the truth. The young man’s father is a doctor and former politician. He is a man of an impeccable integrity who inexplicably avoids talking to the police. As Brunetti pursues his inquiry, he is faced with a wall of silence. Is the military protecting its own? Or has Brunetti uncovered a conspiracy far more sinister than that of a single death?

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"Neither Commissario Brunetti nor his wife Paola have ever had much sympathy for the Italian armed forces, so when a young cadet is found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy, Brunetti's emotions are complex: pity and sorrow for the death of a boy, close in age to his own son, and contempt and irritation for the arrogance and high-handedness of the boy's teachers and fellow-students." "The young man is the son of a doctor and former politician, a man of an impeccable integrity all too rare in Italian politics. Dr. Moro is clearly and understandably devastated by his son's death; but while both he and his apparently estranged wife seem convinced that the boy's death could not have been suicide, neither appears at all keen to talk to the police nor to involve Brunetti in any investigation of the circumstances in which he died." "As Brunetti - and the indispensable Signorina Elettra - investigates the doctor's political career and the circumstances of his estrangement from his wife, they are faced by a wall of silence, as the military protects its own and civilians are unwilling to talk. Is this the natural reluctance of Italians to involve themselves with the authorities, or is Brunetti facing a conspiracy of silence?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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