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The Death of Faith (Commissario Brunetti 06) [Paperback]

Donna Leon
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5 Jan 2012 Commissario Brunetti 06

Commissario Guido Brunetti is kicking his heels, pondering the recent lack of crime in Venice, when a beautiful young woman appears at his office door.

Now calling herself Maria Testa, his visitor is more familiar to Brunetti as Suor’lmmacolata, the nun who once cared for his mother at the casa di cura in Dolo. But Maria has recently left her convent after the unexpected deaths of five patients.

Brunetti offers to make some enquiries, but finds now obvious cause for concern. Is Maria simply creating fears to justify abandoning her vocation?

Or has she stumbled on to a deeply rooted, far more sinister scenario - and put her own life in very grave danger . . . ?


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447201663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447201663
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,045 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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About the Author

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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The death of faith - or perhaps not? 19 Aug 2012
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Published in the US as Quietly in Their Sleep, Donna Leon's sixth book in the Guido Brunetti series continues to engage, perplex and surprise in a way that few other "crime" novellists do. Brunetti's character unfolds, as do those of his family and his colleagues within the Venice Questura. So, for example, we read on page 256 that "Brunetti knew he was a man of many weaknesses: pride, indolence and wrath, to name those he thought most evident, but he also knew that greed was not among them, and so, when confronted with its many manifestations, Brunetti always felt himself in the presence of the alien. He knew it was a common, perhaps the most common, vice,and he could certainly apprehend it with his mind, but it always failed to move his heart, and it left his spirit cold." Amen! A complex novel, treating complex issues in an accessible fashion and doing so much more effectively than other attempts to shed light on the dark role and purpose of Opus Dei. My only regret is that this isn't available as a Kindle edition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another darker theme, but lacks balance 6 Aug 2014
By Miranda
Format:Paperback
I read 5, 4 and then 6 due to supply problems - I would have liked them on Kindle from the start, as other reviewers say. I found the 4th one very dark at the end and too graphic so it was a while before I read this one. I found it very negative really. Her other stories have a balance of people and characters in each area of life she chooses, and some make surprising choices, but this one laid its theme on thick. All her themes are good and the decline of faith in Italy is a worthy topic, but this lacked balance. I'll try another and hope it improves. Might be better to read them in order if she's doing darker themes every so often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best INSIGHT INTO THE WORKINGS OF CATHOLICISM. 12 Aug 2014
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I have lend this book to theologians because the criticism of the
Various " bodies " of the catholic church is confirming " from the INSIDE"
by an OUTSIDER what educated thinking people know , but perhaps
Not in such detail! Frightening !
Excellent observations of the massinations of this unreal organisation
Run by FRUSTRATED men who do not live in the " REAL WORLD ".
GREAT INSIGHTS INTO THE WORKINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Death of Faith 1 Feb 2012
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Donna Leon writes vividly about Venice and her books are always a joy to read. She plots her stories well and her characters are realistic and memorable. This story about a nun who has left her order is good, but maybe not Miss Leon's best. Leon has written a number of books about Brunetti and Venice, maybe she should take a rest before she gets stale?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leon at the top of her form 8 July 2014
By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This, the sixth Commissario Brunetti novel, published in 1997, has also been published under the title ‘Quietly in Their Sleep’. It has lines from ‘Così fan tutte’ as an epigraph that read, in translation ‘It’s always better, in this world/ To be a little suspicious’. This is very apt for a story that sees the detective investigating the possibility that old people in a nursing home have been coerced into leaving money to the home and have died shortly thereafter.

One suspects that the vagueness of the allegation would not have interested Brunetti and his colleagues if it had not been for its source, Maria Testa, an ex-nun who had been very lovingly looking after the Commissario’s mother, and the fact that both Vice-Questore Patta, his boss, and Venetian criminals were taking their holidays.

Brunetti and Vianello look into the allegations but can find little to support them. This does give Leon the opportunity to describe a group of relatives of the dead, including two overly-religious women and a deformed man who collects snuffboxes. The conversations between the cynical policemen and these relatives is beautifully crafted, as are later conversations between Brunetti and his wife, Paola, about the problems that their daughter is having with her religious instructor, Father Luciano Benevento. Neither parent is religious but they realise the problems the family and their daughter, in particular, will face if she is seen to belittle the faith.

After dealing with criminals and the mafia, Leon sets her sights on the power of shadowy religious organisations, such as Opus Dei.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pippa 16 Nov 2012
By Dave
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Since seeing this book for sale at Marco Polo airport, Venice and thoroughly enjoyed reading the synopsis on the back, I am looking forward to reading my new copy soon.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read the first three? Read them all! 20 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
I have read 6 of these in the series now. Donna Leon writes using a template. Here follows the synopsis of a typical Brunetti novel:

A crime is committed. Brunetti finds a link to a rich and powerful person in Venice (are all those who live in Venice "rich and powerful"? Are there no ordinary people who murder, extort etc?) He visits them and his incompetent boss, Patta, (why are all police superiors incompetent?) gets an angry phone call, calls Brunetti into his office, berates him and warns him off the case. Brunetti walks home for lunch - the travelogue portion of the novel. Then follows the gastronomic segment as lunch is prepared and the inevitable philosophical discussion with his wife. Back at the cop shop, Brunetti makes a call to an old friend in Venice or a colleague, from another city, whom he has met on a course, for more information. He delves deeper getting Signorina Elletra to hack the necessary computer. This is usually the fashion segment in describing what she is wearing. He might, even consult his wife's parents for Venetian gossip, which passes for evidence. As ever, Brunetti ignores Patta, gets dodgy evidence which will never stand up in court and confronts the miscreant who says Brunetti will never make the charges stick. It seems the wrong-doer will get away with it but in the inevitable twist in the tail, Brunetti gets revenge in his own way.

Nicely written books but oh for reading one without the check list of elements above.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good quality, speedy delivery. Thanks
Published 15 days ago by Michael Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for The Death of Faith by Donna Leon submitted by Stephanie...
Again, a very good book which I would heartily recommend; as I do all Donna Leon Commisario Brunetti novels. Entertaining reading with a good measure of suspense.
Published 6 months ago by stephanie cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars another good read
I love Donna Leon's Brunetti series, and this is another well-plotted story with lots of interest and involvement of Brunetti's family. Not my favourite, so only 4 stars.
Published 7 months ago by Susan McIntyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Guido is my hero!
Donna Leon's descriptions of Venice,Guido's family and their meals together all come together to create a wonderful atmosphere in which Guido Brunetti trys to work against the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Donna Leon is such a great writer and each of her books is a pearl. I loved this (and the seller who got it to me so quickly!). Highly recommended.
Published 17 months ago by J. B. Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars I read Donna Leon every might
I really enjoy reading Donna Leon
before I go to sleep every night.
The characterisation of Brunettit and his family
is wonderful.
Published 17 months ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Venetian masterpiece.
I am now an avid fan of these most rewarding reads. I was so impressed with this series of books that I have reccomended them to a number of my literarypost graduate collegues and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Georgie H
5.0 out of 5 stars Donna Leon Brunetti series.
An excellent edition to add to my growing collection of Donna Leon crime novels. I whizz through them so quickly I am so glad there are still plenty more to be read! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Julius Ferrari
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