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Death in a Strange Country: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteryby Donna Leon
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Early one morning Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Police confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid canal. All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti the motive of robbery seems altogether too convenient. When something is discovered in the victims apartment that suggests the existence of a high-level conspiracy, Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime.
Rich with atmosphere and marvelous plotting, Death in a Strange Country is a superb novel in Donna Leons chilling Venetian mystery series.
The body of Sgt. Michael Foster, an American public health inspector at the American military base in Vincenza, has been found floating in one of the Venetian canals. Brunetti's superior would like nothing better than to have the case buried, because the idea of an American being killed in Venice would damage the tourist trade. Dr. Peters, a doctor at the Vincenza base, comes to Venice to identify the body in the morgue. She is sick when she sees how the man had been killed, by a knife plunging directly through the ribs into the heart. A strange reaction for a doctor, Brunetti thinks.
Brunetti pretends to believe that the murder must have been committed elsewhere - so he can be authorized to travel to the man's post and investigate. There, he finds a large quantity of cocaine poorly hidden in the dead soldier's apartment, after it had been thoroughly searched by the military authorities. The case becomes more complicated as both he and the Carabinieri major are politely warned off the case after they discover a connection between the dead soldier, a sick boy, contracts for the disposal of toxic waste, Brunetti's father-in-law, and the ostensible suicide by heroin overdose of Dr. Peters, not to mention the theft of some famous paintings from a prominent businessman.
Praise for Death in a Strange Country:
As she did in Death at La Fenice, Ms. Leon lures us away from the glittering Rialto and into the working-class heart of Venice.” —The New York Times Book Review
A measured, thoughtful conspiracy investigation that goes a long way toward extending Leon's range. This is definitely an author to watch.” —Kirkus Reviews
Intriguing plot Venice looms large as a well-painted backdrop. Its damp, crumbling beauty and tourist-mobbed sites are as vivid in Leons depiction as the rich tang of espresso boiling over or the chill of a morgue tucked away on the cemetery island of San Michele.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Donna Leon is the author of the international best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey and has lived in Venice for thirty years.
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