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Publisher's Summary

Commissario Guido Brunetti's hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera--a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information. And before night is out, Brunetti is confronting yet another appalling, and apparently senseless, death.
©1994 Donna Leon (P)2009 BBC Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert E. Orlando on 08-14-12

I'm hooked!

What made the experience of listening to Dressed for Death the most enjoyable?

The vivid depiction of Venice.
David Colacci's narration.
Great characters.
The author's understanding of Italy and the Italian people.
Good story telling that kept my interest till the end.

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

His ability to change his voice to create/interpret the various characters in the book. I actually purchased this book (I'm a first time Donna Leon reader) because Colacci was doing the narration. I became of Colacci from reading the John Lescroart, Dismas Hardy series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, because I wanted to make it last as long as possible. I could have listened in one sitting, but I forced myself to limit my sessions.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to my next book by Donna Leon, but I want Colacci to be the reader. I sampled a little of Willful Behavior with Steven Crossley doing the read and decided I'd skip this one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Abigail on 10-01-12

This is my favorite in the series so far

I havent read the whole series, nor have I read them in order, but this one definitely kept my attention better than the others I have heard.
Commissario Guido is called to a crime scene where the body of what appears to be a transvestite prostitute. However, something doesn't seem quite right to the Commissario and he refuses to just write the crime off because of the type of victim. Besides, the corpse has a body much like Guido's own and he doubts this is a figure people would pay for.
From the undercover world of the gay and transvestite scene in Venice to the seedy and even more covert world of Italian finance Guido must ferret out the truth while staying alive and thwarting very powerful men.
Honestly, the ways in which the characters have to confront ideas of italian masculinity in this maybe what amused me the most. However, it does have a good amount of action as well.

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