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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,663 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna Leon Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries Release Date:
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On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man’s wares before his death—fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Commissario Brunetti’s response is that of everybody involved: Why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant? Once Brunetti begins to investigate this unfamiliar Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake. Warned by Patta, his supervisor, to resist further involvement in the case, how far will Brunetti be able to penetrate the murky subculture of Venice’s illegal community? Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning novel…Leon combines an engrossing, complex plot with an indictment of the corruption endemic to Italian society.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “David Colacci’s narration adds nuance to Leon’s subtlest textual hints…Contemporary Italy, holiday time, violence, and crime all blend to make this a sure win for new Brunetti fans and a must for old friends.”


  • “Crime fiction for those willing to grapple with, rather than escape, the uncertainties of daily life.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Leon’s most adroit balance of teasing mystery, Brunetti’s droll battles with his co-workers and higher-ups, and intimations of something far deeper and darker behind the curtain.”

    Kirkus (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jan | 2/8/2014

    " See my other Donna Leon reviews. Love the series. Only problem is wanting to read them in order, but not knowing what that order is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mysteryfan | 1/21/2014

    " In the second, the title refers to conflict diamonds but also to people who are living on the margins. Both very good." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deborah Moulton | 1/20/2014

    " Once again, Brunetti is caught up in the globalization of crime and the trauma of developing nations at war with themselves. An illegal Congonese immigrant, hiding among the Senegalisi who sell copycat goods on the streets of Venice, has a deadly secret. Blood diamonds, uncut and raw, surface after his murder. As the mystery unravels, the Italian ministries for foreign affairs and the interior travel to Venice and erase the murder evidence from Brunetti and the Questera. Brunetti doesn't give up and discovers slowly the ties that link illegal immigration, blood diamonds, international arms deals, and the winners and losers in African civil wars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann | 1/9/2014

    " This is one of my favorite mystery series and each book gets better and better. They all take place in Venice with a police officer who has a family and the characters just keep developing book by book. Beautifully written, gentle humor and characters more complex than most mysteries. Great series. "

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