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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,767 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: December 2009 ISBN: 9781482979152
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A truck crashes and spills its dangerous cargo on a treacherous road in the Italian Dolomite mountains. Meanwhile, in Santa Lucia, a prominent international lawyer is found dead aboard an intercity train. 

Suspecting a connection between the two tragedies, Brunetti digs deep for an answer, stumbling upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the key to a crime network that reaches far beyond the laguna.  But it will take another violent death in Venice before Brunetti and his colleagues begin to understand what is really going on.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A superbly gifted writer whose stories are complex and filled with charm, humor, and intelligence.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The heady atmosphere of Venice and a galaxy of fully realized characters enrich this intriguing and finally horrifying tale…With consummate skill, Leon gradually reveals the broad reaches of a corrupt network linking the privileged and powerful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The first of Leon’s books to knit together all her strengths: endearing detective, jaundiced social pathology, and a paranoid eye for plotting on a grand scale.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “No one is more graceful and accomplished than Leon.”

    Washington Post, praise for the series

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 2/19/2014

    " Very good suspense,good ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent Soderstrum | 2/10/2014

    " Leon brings out the seamy side of Venice in the fourth Guido Brunetti mystery novel. This book has murders, prostitution and the porn film industry involved. I am enjoying getting to know Guido and his family. Chiara, his 15 year old daughter even gets involved in helping solve this case. Paola, Guido's wife, is a bit on the fiesty side which makes for some interesting exchanges. Nice read which shows a swarmy side of life I hope never to experience. Give Guido and Venice a shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 2/3/2014

    " An attorney is shot to death in a train. But his criminal record is too, too clean. How then to explain the seemingly professional assassination job? As Donna Leon tells it, the back story comes as no surprise. Most of it, anyway. And all of it is horrible. Leon handles it without sensationalism, viewed through the experience of the placid Commissario Guido Brunetti. The effect is stunning. It made me think that maybe Freud was onto something; that all the energy we spend to impose order on our lives -- government, education, religious beliefs and rituals -- is required because we are, essentially, beasts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Petersen | 2/2/2014

    " This one is my favorite so far, perhaps because it is darkly realistic and unsettling! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jojo | 2/1/2014

    " Like all Brunetti storys it was easy and pleasurable reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 1/26/2014

    " Can't help liking Brunetti. He has definitley grown beyond absolutes and I like his distinction between what is wrong and what is illegal. Love my imaginary walks through Venice with him. Can't believe the country is as corrupt as written but then I look around here at home and have to concede it could be so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa Brienza | 1/17/2014

    " Another page-turning Guido Brunetti mystery. Well written and intelligent and it doesn't hurt that you get to poke around Venice either...like a small vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/14/2014

    " I enjoy this series and Leon's ability to transport me to Venice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/9/2014

    " Each book gets better and better... A great mystery but it's the characters you get attached to... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth K. | 11/26/2013

    " One of the darker of the Brunetti mysteries that I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Innes Ferguson | 11/25/2013

    " Debating whether to give this 4 stars or just 3. I'll go with a strong 3. Enjoyed the pace of this one (as the well as the plot & characters). Horrific subject matter but I'll say no more. A very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 11/23/2013

    " I generally like Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti, however this one was a little too violent for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 9/2/2013

    " another great Brunetti novel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RuthG | 8/14/2013

    " I didn't like this book as much as I have liked others of hers I've read. The subject matter, prostitution, pornography, and snuff films were depressing to say the least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Servini | 4/12/2013

    " Good fast pace and an insteresting intrigue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 4/7/2013

    " I really like the series, nothing wrong with this one either, but I just couldn't get into it like the first three. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Addie | 10/25/2012

    " okay mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 5/2/2012

    " Good recreational reading. The Italian setting enhances the solid genre novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 12/27/2011

    " Well written but really nasty subject matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 10/12/2011

    " I listened to this book by an author Charley introduced me to. However, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read one of her books, so I listened first. It was a good mystery. if I had no other books on the shelf, I'd read another of hers, but, for now, I'll stick to listening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dolly | 9/16/2011

    " An interesting story, but too much graphic violence and touchy subjects for my taste. Very pessimistic perspective on life. I like the Italian setting and the insights into local personalities, politics and cultures, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry | 5/27/2011

    " This book was okay. I didn't have a picture of the characters in my mind. I really enjoy more descriptive books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 3/25/2011

    " The first book of Leon's I've read, I enjoyed it. She writes very well and knowingly of life in Italy, and is not afraid to pronounce judgment on the political and cultural climate and the personalities who run the country. I'm on my second already and look forward to reading more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stven | 3/15/2011

    " A superb novel in an outstanding series. I recommend Donna Leon to every literate person I know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 2/13/2011

    " I love Donna Leon, but remind me never to read this one again. Tooooooo gruesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 S | 2/7/2011

    " This book was okay. I didn't have a picture of the characters in my mind. I really enjoy more descriptive books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/2/2011

    " Can't go wrong with this series, love the setting and the characters. Although this book was quite a bit darker about Italian culture, politics, and human nature than the others I've read. Looking forward to the next installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 11/4/2010

    " I really enjoyed this one. Brunetti and his family are growing on me, as is Leon's subtly brilliant writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 9/7/2010

    " As always, I enjoyed this Donna Leon mystery; however, I was a little unhappy to realize that I had read it several years before under the title Venetian Reckoning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 8/8/2010

    " An earlier Commissario Brunetti that I'd overlooked before somehow. One of my favorites so far of the series, with even more of the philosophical musings on power and corruption that I've seen in her other efforts. Very glad I read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 7/10/2010

    " I'm going to take a break from this author for now. The books are good but the last couple haven't been the traditional dead body who done it type. They are more about bigger crimes against humanity that one guy can't solve. Too deep for me right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephannie | 6/27/2010

    " Continuing on with reading about Brunetti and his investigative work.
    I'm enjoying Leon's work.
    "

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