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Death and judgment by Donna Leon

Death and judgment (original 1995; edition 2009)

by Donna Leon, David Colacci

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Title:Death and judgment
Authors:Donna Leon
Other authors:David Colacci
Info:North Kingstown, R.I. : Sound Library, BBC Audiobooks America, 2009.
Collections:Read in 2018, Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:police procedural, Italy, audiobook, NIL, KCPL

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A Venetian Reckoning by Donna Leon (1995)



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In this fourth outing for Commissario Brunetti, he gets to investigate the death of a prominent Venetian lawyer who has been shot in the Padua to Venice train, and soon finds himself dealing with a nasty web of organised crime and political corruption.

These are entertaining novels: Leon is very good at keeping the Venetian background at the right level so that we feel almost like insiders, not tourists, and she is clever at characterising Brunetti through the way his relationship with his wife and teenage daughter works, but unfortunately she doesn't seem to be very interested in devising inventive mystery plots, possibly because she is so preoccupied with (usually well-justified) ranting about the evils of Italian society. Brunetti has to make do with endless variations on the three investigative tactics Leon allows him - having lunch/coffee/dinner with attractive, well-dressed women; making off-the-record phone calls to other policemen he believes not to be corrupt; and putting himself into danger late at night in shady parts of Mestre. He goes through the motions, and after 250 pages or so the author relents and tells him who did it. But, of course, Italian society being what it is (in Leon's world, at least), the real villains are rarely if ever brought to justice, and Brunetti might well ask himself why he bothers. ( )
  thorold | Oct 30, 2018 |
Venice's Commissario Brunetti's investigation of the murder of a wealthy lawyer on a train leads him into the dark underworld of human trafficking. His teenage daughter Chiara knows the victim's daughter from school, so she decides to help her father by doing some investigating of her own. Although this book was first published nearly 25 years ago, unfortunately its theme is still timely. I was disappointed with the book's ending because it relies on a lengthy confession by the murderer. ( )
  cbl_tn | Aug 7, 2018 |
A prominent Venetian lawyer is murdered on a train. The case is assigned to Commissario Brunetti. Soon a well-known person in Padua dies of a bullet-wound in his own car. Although the Padua police officially call it a suicide after altering official records, one detective there knows better, confiding in Brunetti. The brother-in-law of the Venetian lawyer who served as his accountant ends up dead too. Meanwhile the phone records of the Venetian and Paduan men points to a connection with bars where foreign prostitutes work. I'm a bit uncomfortable reading about prostitutes and sex crimes of the nature featured in this novel, but it does show the corruption in Italian law enforcement and government. We get to meet Guido's daughter more in this novel. She attends school with the lawyer's daughter and begins her own investigation and with unfortunate consequences. I listened to the audiobook read by David Colacci who did an excellent job. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jul 10, 2018 |
Another good book, I like that the endings aren't necessarily smooth wrap ups to crimes, solved and happily ever after. They end as real life probably ends in solving crimes. ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jun 19, 2017 |
For those of you who follow Donna Leon's Venetian detective, this is an older one in the series, but you can be sure it's full of the warmth and horror of all the others.

If you aren't familiar with Guido Brunetti, his co-workers and his family, you'll love getting to know this series of mysteries set in Venice. It's always about the politics and it's always about the corruption, but somehow, Brunetti always figures it out.

This is not a cozy mystery, the crimes are vicious and venal. Women are brought to Venice to ply their trade on the streets. Few of them knew what they were getting into. Guido is assigned to solve the murder of a prominent and 'clean' lawyer. By the time he's done, even he's shocked by what he's learned.

I recommend this book, and the series to anyone who likes a little cynicism with their justice. ( )
  Perrywilson | Dec 13, 2015 |
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Questo è il fin de chi fa mal!
E de' perfidi la morte
alla vita è sempre ugual.

This is the end of evildoers.
The death of the perfidious
Is always the same as their lives.
Don Giovanni
For Toni Sepeda and Craig Manley
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On the last Tuesday in September, snow fell for the first time in the mountains separating northern Italy from Austria, more than a month before it could ordinarily be expected.
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Guido Brunetti of the Venice police is investigating the death of a prominent lawyer when an accountant turns up dead of a drug overdose. Brunetti believes the two are linked, but evidence is scarce until he pieces together information on an international network of prostitution and extortion.
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When a lorry crashes on one of the treacherous hair-pin bends in the Italian Dolomites even Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is appalled when he learns of its terrible cargo. This is Donna Leon's fourth novel to feature Guido Brunetti.

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Detective Guido Brunetti is submerged in the seedy Venetian underworld as he tries to crack a prostitution ring run by wealthy and powerful citizens.

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