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Publisher's Summary

When Venetian detective Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to investigate a presumed suicide in Venice's elite military academy, his inquiries are immediately met with a wall of silence. The young man is the son of a doctor and former politician, a man of an impeccable integrity all too rare in Italian politics. Dr. Moro seems devastated by his son's death; but while both he and his apparently estranged wife seem convinced that the boy would not have committed suicide, neither appears eager to talk to the police or to involve Brunetti in any kind of investigation into their son's death. Is the silence that confronts Brunetti the natural reluctance of Italians to involve themselves with the authorities, or is he facing a conspiracy far greater than this one death?
©2003 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich; (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks America
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Critic Reviews

"Despite the serious issues they raise, Leon's books shimmer in the grace of their setting and are warmed by the charm of their characters." (The New York Times)
"Silken prose and considerable charm." (The Washington Post)
"European reviewers consistently put Leon in the same class as Ruth Rendell and Patricia Highsmith, and American critics should start doing the same." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 10-03-13

Not one of my favorite Brunetti stories

This story includes most of my favorite characters from the Brunetti series but places them in a completely new environment - a military school. While Guido always fights red tape and needless delay, here they are his primary opponents. I do not feel you get as much Venetian ambiance in this edition as it is primarily focused on the society and culture of the military and the school. David Colacci, as always, does a fine job narrating but did not pull me into the story as much in Uniform Justice as he does with other books in the series.

If you are new to Inspector Brunetti, I would not recommend starting with this book. Try the first in the series, Acqua Alta (unfortunately not available at Audible) or one of the fine later installments: The Girl of His Dreams, Through a Glass Darkly or Drawing Conclusions. Be sure to pick one narrated by Colacci - he is by far the best for this series.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-24-08

nice travel guide to venice, weak story

Nice information on Venice, and if accurate an unfortunately sad tale of arrogance and greed in present day Italy. The story line is secondary to the extremely detailed description of the main characters psyche; the ending is flat.

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