Death In A Strange Country: (Brunetti 2) Paperback – 26 Feb 2009
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"Brunetti ... long ago joined the ranks of the classic fictional detectives" (Evening Standard)
"What makes Leon's work especially unnerving is the sense that corruption is a continuing process ... The characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout the series" (The Times)
The second Brunetti novel from award-winning crime writer Donna Leon. There is another mystery for Brunetti to unravel when a body is found in the Venetian canals and a robbery is not quite what it seems.See all Product Description
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I will not give details of the plot, save to say that it is credible and clever. We are kept on tenterhooks until the very last chapter, where the disappointment we had envisaged in the sight of crime not paying its proper dues is suddenly lifted through the act of a heartbroken mother.
My only complaint? The map is quite useless without a magnifying glass.
But I'm entranced enough to already be halfway through the third in the series, "The Anonymous Venetian".
This novel starts at full speed, catching our interest right away, with a body floating in a canal on a quiet morning. Brunetti is soon placed in charge of the investigation and finds out that the victim is an American and that the killer was either very skilled or very lucky, since death came after a perfect stroke with a blade. When the victim is identified as a Sergeant in an army post in Vicenza, the case becomes much more complicated and Brunetti has to deal with people trying to mislead him and cover up the truth. On top of this, there is a second case, involving a robbery, which adds variety to the story and allows for the introduction of some really colorful characters.
Last time, Leon's work incorporated many aspects related to the world of Opera and classical music, and this time the canals and the way in which their currents work take center stage.Read more ›
Donna Leon is certainly good - Death in a Strange County is the first of her books I've read and there is an enticingly large array of other books by her to move on to. It was a single-evening read and delivered everything it should. Guido (the Venetian policeman) is a good hero - not too macho, not too fey - a palpable person. And Venice - I was there. Leon really manages to evoke the workaday reality of the city. I was unsurprised to find out she lives there as it was every inch the city I know.
Great fun, smooth writing, good characterisation and a plausible plot. Just what you need when the winter evenings are drawing in.
Donna Leon's books quite simply inhabit Venice. Those of us who know it only superficially find it easy to recognise and by the end feel we understand the city and its customs and hidden corners a little better. If we have never dropped in at that little bar for a coffee and a brioche, we can be sure we will spot it next time and not pass by.
The crime, of course, is intriguing enough to keep the reader turning pages but the pleasure is the setting in which it is wrapped: the place and the people. Above all, the people. Commissario Brunetti has few rivals in detective fiction for the way in which his character emerges through myriad small details. The reader sees him at work and at home, with strengths and weaknesses in both, but they are indivisible halves of the same man. If one were the victim of a crime, one would be fortunate indeed to have Brunetti on the case.
The Commissario alone would guarantee Donna Leon's rightful place among the best of her peers, but there are other subtle virtues not to be overlooked. In passing, Death in a Strange Country airs thoughtful views on immigration, on corruption, and on polution of the planet. And all this with a beautifully understated sense of humour.
At one point, Paola Brunetti makes a risotto for her husband. "He took two forkfuls, sighed in appreciation, and continued to eat ... Paola saw that he had passed beyond the point of hunger and was eating for the pleasure of the act ..." Contemplating the long list of Donna Leon's other titles, one experiences a similar sensation.
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The 1st Brunetti novel was quirky and I looked forward to reading another but found this one very irritating. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jan Andersson
Enjoy all the Inspector Brunetti books. This was no exception.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Good read, interesting story, great characters & unique setting.Published 1 month ago by pam cheshire
My first donna Leon read which I enjoyed. Although I found the writing and plot rather simplistic and predictable it was enjoyable and I am tempted to read more in the series.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another great book in the Brunetti series. Keeps you interested all the way through and thinking of what's going to happen. I will be reading the whole Brunetti series.....Published 2 months ago by John Cotterill
Read it in Venice, so pleasure enhanced by knowing the areas described. That's the way to do it!Published 2 months ago by Jo
A gripping story that combines atmospheric descriptions of Venice in Autumn with its mists and hidden waterways, with the endemic corruption of Italian government services. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Priscilla