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Publisher's Summary

The polluted waters of the canals in Venice are an ever-present issue; but environmental concerns become significant in Commissario Guido Brunetti's work when an investigator from the Carabiniere - looking into the illegal hauling of garbage - asks for a favor. But the investigator is not the only one with a special request. Brunetti's father-in-law needs help and a mysterious woman comes into the picture. And the Commissario soon finds himself in the middle of an investigation into murder and corruption more dangerous than anything he's seen before.
©2009 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich (P)2009 BBC Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 12-22-09

good but take note

I liked this book, but take note that it doesn't move quickly and it's not just a detective mystery. Leon's detective Guido __ solves the case but along the way one is treated to a view of Italian life, specifically Venice. A good deal of time is spent on Guido's family with sharp dialogue with his wife, who is a gem, kids and in-laws. The narrator is top notch and his performance makes it a delight to listen to.

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Quahog on 05-09-10

Dolce Far Niente

The pace of this book requires adjustment from readers who are used to the hectic rhythms of, say, Michael Connelly and other writers whose procedurals take place in L.A. or New York. So much time is given to the nuances of interaction between characters of differing social class, regional backgrounds and levels of intimacy that it begins to feel a little sleep-inducing. But the plot is gripping and the action, when it comes, is shocking and touching. And although the atmosphere abounds with leisure, books, and camomile tea, the view of life presented is as bleak and hard on the human spirit as anything in Harry Bosch's world.
I am happy to learn that this is part of a long series and I plan to listen at leisure.

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