The wonderful new Commissario Brunetti mystery, from the Silver Dagger winner Donna Leon.
Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna's books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world. 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, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.
In Leon's 16th Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, at once astringent yet lyrical, two rival police forces--Brunetti and his Venetian colleagues and the carabinieri--are both interested in a doctor who illegally adopts an Albanian infant. When three carabinieri break into the doctor's apartment and seize the child at night, they injure the doctor, leaving him mute. Much of the early action takes place in a hospital, and because Venetian hospitals appear only slightly less bureaucratic and Kafkaesque than their stateside counterparts, Leon's marvelous insights into Italian life, so sharp when she explores a military academy in Uniform Justice or glassblowers in Through a Glass, Darkly, aren't as fresh, sinister or compelling here. But once the IVs and bandages give way to vandalism at a pharmacy and the family secrets of a neo-Fascist plumbing tycoon, Leon regains her stride and the novel's last fifth is first-rate and masterful. Leon seldom delivers a "feel good" ending, choosing instead conclusions that are wise and inevitable while still being unsettling. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Why have a Carabiniere captain and two privates forced their way into a pediatrician's apartment and taken his baby boy? And what is Commis-sario Brunetti going to do about it? With a nine-city tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Donna Leon is keeping up an astonishingly high standard ... she
achieves a perfect blend of characters, place, mystery and social
issues. Her sixteenth Brunetti novel is also one of her best. * The
Leon builds her plot meticulously. [She] has her finger on the pulse * Mirror *
Suffer the Little Children is Donna Leon at her best, deftly mixing Commissario Guido Brunetti's detective work with perceptive awareness of social issues. * The Times *
Leon tackles this difficult issue sensitively, without stinting on mouth-watering descriptions of Venice. * Daily Telegraph *
As ever, Leon writes with an insider's knowledge of Venice, expertly navigating its complex geography. * Sunday Times *