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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Edit/Cover edition (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447201639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447201632
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donna Leon has lived in Venice for many years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Through A Glass, Darkly, Suffer the Little Children, The Girl of His Dreams, and most recently, About Face.

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Donna Leon has lived in Venice for many years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's not that Venetians are unaccustomed to discovering a body in and about one of its many canalas, but when this particular body is found to be that of the director of a local, influential, bank, eyebrows and curiosity are raised. And even more so when this body is presented as a transvestite prostitute! All Venice is in an uproar!
Donna Leon returns triumphantly in another of her brilliant Commissario Guido Brunetti episodes, and the reader is not left for one second in anything but gripping suspense. Leon, an American writer who is enjoying incredible success at writing police procedurals set in Italy, presents "the Pearl of the Adriatic" in more than all its glory. With Brunetti, she explores not only its grandeur but reveals the city's mud as well.
Just as the body is not as it seems, Brunetti finds that there is even more deception to come. Two more bodies are found that are related to this case, and the author examines more than just police procedures here, as she seems to do in all of her novels. The various aspects of Venetian life are examined, the corruption of government officials, the criminal activities (covering a wide range of subjects from drugs to illecit sex trade), and, of course, the personal lives of her central characters. She has a great knack for character presentation that make them more than just "interesting and lovable"! I have found few authors who do so with such dedication and thoroughness.
Leon, who lives in Italy, certainly seems to know her subjects well, beginning with the first Brunetti novel, "Death at La Fenice." None of her books should be missed, not simply because she has a glorious setting, or fantastic characters, or plots that are convincing, but simply because she is a good read!
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267 of 269 people found the following review helpful By "lbroumleyuk" on 4 Oct. 2005
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When I saw a new Donna Leon title out on 4th October I assumed this was a new book. How wrong! This is a reissue of 'The Anonymous Venetian', first published in 1994. Are publishers doing so badly they have to stoop to tricks like this to make sales? Amazon you could let readers know this is just a new title not a new book.
If you've read 'The Anonymous Venetian' don't bother with this. If you haven't, the story is good no matter what the title.
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135 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Leon fan on 15 Oct. 2005
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I was annoyed to find I'd been conned out of my money. I'd been looking forward to receiving a new Leon novel. THIS IS NOT A NEW NOVEL. If you've got a collection of Brunetti mysteries, you'll already have this one, under its old title
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tom Morrison on 30 Jan. 2006
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My review is a warning. This title, THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN, is already being sold as DRESSED FOR DEATH, both titles being sold by Amazon, not always with a warning. It is very easy, therefore, to buy both titles and end up with two copies of the same novel. Why this has occured is a mystery since I greatly respect and admire Ms. Leon and can't imagine why she would allow it to occur. The Anonymous Venetian is an excellent title but not really appropriate for this novel, while Dressed for Death is a bit shopworn but actually perfect for the novel in question.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Allen D. Thompson on 30 Sept. 2009
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This is the second time I have been caught out buying Donna Leon novels on Amazon. It seems that her new publisher, Penguin/Grove Press, has decided to change all her titles (why? one wonders), and this has led many booksellers operating through Amazon to advertise each changed title as 'The latest Donna Leon'! A ploy which may be entirely innocent in some cases, less so in others. Surely, a bookseller who is interested in seeing his customer is well served should be aware of what it is he is actually selling. He is as capable of reading the book's publication history, usually printed at the front of the volume, as the next person. Unfortunately, by the time his customer reads it it is too late. In this particular case, it was Aprohead who were at fault, while - I hasten to add - being exemplary in all other aspects of such transactions. But all Amazon booksellers should take note, and not just those purveying Donna Leon.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By dilyshartland@aol.com on 2 Oct. 2000
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Gentle, thoughtful Guidi Brunetti is the antithesis of all those angst-ridden, alcoholic, testosterone-laden macho cops. I'm a new but enthusiastic convert to the series. The book begins with the vivid image of a body found outside an abattoir, and Commissario Brunetti is brought in to investigate the killing of a prominent banker - who dies dressed as a woman. Skilfully plotted, engagingly written, with credible characters who come alive as you read - none more so that Venice herself, the city Brunetti both loves and hates.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chatty Kathy on 1 April 2009
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I found both these reviews helpful. You need to take care when buying Leon's books especially in paperback. Two years ago I bid for one on e-bay from Australia only to find I had already read it in UK under another title. The reason is they have changed publishers and the new lot have given them new names in UK.
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In this novel, also published as "The Anonymous Venetian", besides delivering a tantalizing mystery, Leon deeply explores another aspect of Italian culture: the firmly rooted concepts of "macho" and proud males. When the body of a man is found with his faced bashed in, in a woman's dress, and with makeup and shaved legs, many in the police force decide that the crime is not worth their time. However, those readers that know Commissario Guido Brunetti and his ethical thinking, know that he will put as much effort in solving this case as in any other. Even if the case belongs to another jurisdiction and gets assigned to him shortly before he plans to leave with his family on vacation, Brunetti approaches this with the respect and seriousness he always shows.

The investigation takes Brunetti through a very interesting underworld, where Leon shows her ability for depicting fascinating characters. The twists and turns may be limited in this novel, but the writing style and side aspects are so good that the overall quality of this work is outstanding. As is usually the case in this series, we get to witness a good portion of Brunetti's family life, and his interactions with his witty wife and teenage son and daughter. There is also a side plot that has to do with Patta, Brunetti's supervisor, and the problems he is going through with his wife. These make him the topic of conversation in the police department and will provide the reader with a couple of laughs, especially those that have hated the way he has treated Brunetti in the past.

The food still plays a major role in this novel, and it is very effective in conveying the lifestyle of the main characters. Every time I read one of these books I feel like booking a ticket, going to Venice and experiment these delicacies myself. Those that enjoy mysteries with well-developed and likable characters, plus good depictions of places and cultures, will find this series to be their perfect fit.
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