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Acqua Altaby Donna Leon
"If you haven't treated yourself to this mystery series yet, you owe it to yourself to indulge. Venice in the rain. Get out your hip boots. There's a crime to be solved."
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When Brett Lynch, an American archaeologist, is savagely beaten by two well-dressed men on the doorstep of her Venice flat, few besides Brunetti are outraged. Lynch is, after all, a foreigner and a lesbian to boot. But all Venice is galvanized when, two days later, Dottor Semenzato, a prestigious museum curator, is murdered. Brunetti quickly makes the connection between Lynch's attack and Semenzato's killing — both had worked on a celebrated exhibition of Chinese antiquities. The policeman's investigation opens onto the moral sinkhole in which Venice's upper class clandestinely wallows when he discovers that Semenzato had been peddling artifacts from the Chinese exhibition. Lynch has learned of his misdeeds too and of chicanery in high places half a world away. Even a record-breaking acqua alta will not deter the killers from getting her murder right the second time. Can Brunetti?
"In Leon's fifth Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, the beating of renowned art historian Dotoressa Brett Lynch draws the contemporary Venetian police detective out of his warm and loving home and into the yearly onslaught of acqua alta, the torrential winter rains. Brett, an American who spearheaded a recent exhibition of Chinese pottery in Venice, lives with her lover, Flavia Petrelli, the reigning diva of La Scala. With his open mind and good sense, Brunetti finds himself more fazed by Flavia's breathtaking talent than by the nontraditional relationship between the two women. Brunetti's deliberate and humane investigation to uncover a motive for Brett's beating takes him to dark, wet corners of Venice and into a sinister web of art theft, fakery and base human desires. While there may be a whiff of stereotype in Brunetti's assumptions about a character of Sicilian heritage, the action builds to a dramatic and deeply satisfying climax. Intricate and intimate descriptions of Venetian life fill these pages and prove that Leon has once again created a high-stakes mystery in which the setting vibrates with as much life as the story itself. Agent, Susanne Bauknecht at Diogenes (Switzerland). (Sept.) Forecast: Last year's release of Uniform Justice, Leon's first U.S. novel since 1996, to great acclaim heralded a Leon revival in this country. This will help keep the momentum going. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The twenty-first Commissario Brunetti mystery and Donna Leonandrsquo;s biggest New York Times bestseller yet
Itandrsquo;s no wonder that Donna Leonandrsquo;s latest mystery debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at number ten. The seriesandrsquo;s tantalizing crimes, Venetian setting, and much-loved commissario are a winning combination that continues to earn critical acclaim and a growing readership around the globe.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; In Beastly Things, Leon lives up to her reputation as a writer unafraid to address the corruption underlying La Serenissimaandrsquo;s outward beauty. When an unidentified murder victim winds up in a canal, Brunetti travels beyond his usual sphere to find the connection between the dead man and a local slaughterhouse.
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An evocative peep into the dark underworld of the beauteous city. (Time Out)Leon's books shimmer in the grace of their setting and are warmed by the charm of their characters. (The New York Times Book Review)
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