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Death in a Strange Country

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ISBN13: 9780143034827
ISBN10: 0143034820
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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 victi‛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 Leo‛s growing fan base with another chilling read.

Synopsis:

Venice police commissario Guido Brunetti returns in an investigation involving the Mafia, the Russian government, and the US. military. When an American body is found floating in one of the city's picturesque canals, Brunetti probes into a case that lands him in a toxic waste cover-up.

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Donna Leon has taught in Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia. She now lives in Venice.

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Edward Hahn, November 24, 2014 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
This is the second in the ever fascinating series of crime stories by Donna Leon featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. I have read others and am trying now to catch up with the ones I missed.

Here, Brunetti is called out in the middle of the night to investigate the death of an young American found floating in one of Venice's canals. His boss, Vice-Questore Patta, a politically driven incompetent, wants to write the incident off as a mugging gone wrong. Brunetti knows better and becomes even more sure of his conclusions when the dead American, Sgt. Michael Foster's commanding officer, Captain Peters, a woman and a pediatrician, comes to identify his body and reacts in such a way that Brunetti is sure she is afraid and is hiding something.

To investigate the killing, Brunetti visits the American Military Post near Vincensa, the "Strange Country" in the title. He discovers planted evidence, uncooperative officials, and eventually a link to a far reaching conspiracy involving the disposal of toxic wastes. The investigation is further complicated when a fine art theft looks like an insurance scam and Patta wants Brunetti to buy the powerful owner's story.

The beauty of Leon's writing lies in her obvious love of Venice as seen through Brunetti's eyes, her understanding of the Italian way of doing things in a climate of almost total corruption and influence, her excellent characterizations of even the minor players in the story, her use of irony to keep the reader chuckling and her unwillingness to tie everything up in a neat little bow, leaving the reader with a sense of unease but also a realization that the story reflects reality.

I enjoyed the sinuous journey Brunetti took to get to the truth of the matter and highly recommend it to others.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143034827
Author:
Leon, Donna
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081230
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w map
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.94x4.32x1.08 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Venice police commissario Guido Brunetti returns in an investigation involving the Mafia, the Russian government, and the US. military. When an American body is found floating in one of the city's picturesque canals, Brunetti probes into a case that lands him in a toxic waste cover-up.

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