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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,285 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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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The sophisticated yet still moral Brunetti…proves a worthy custodian of timeless values and verities.“

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Brunetti...the most humane sleuth since Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret...is a decent man [who achieves] a quiet heroism.”

    The Philadelphia Enquirer 

  • “Richly evocative…intriguing…Venice takes on a deep noir tint in Leon's latest well-crafted work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This thoroughly enjoyable procedural will win more fans for the poised, polite, and coolheaded Brunetti.”


  • “Brunetti stars in a case that brings out his canniness and his compassion—and shows his creator spreading her wings more powerfully than ever.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Writerlibrarian | 2/15/2014

    " In the heat of August in Venice we find Brunetti unable to join his family on their summer vacation when a man dressed as a woman is found dead on an vacant lot behind a slaughter house. Again Donna Leon faces issues of prejudices and how things are not what they seems in her third novel Dressed for Death. Brunetti is send to find the identity of the dead men in the prostitution circle of nearby Mestria. Transvestites, a religious organization and a shady bank make Brunetti even more uncomfortable than the hot weather. This is the book where one of Leon's most beloved and mysterious character is introduced: Signorina Elettra Zorzi, Patta's new "secretary". She becomes as the series goes on an important part of the stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patricia | 2/2/2014

    " A little cold and impersonal. Fun read about Italian political machinations and corruption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephannie | 1/25/2014

    " Having read books in the series before this one, and a few after, I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carole | 1/23/2014

    " Bank practices and transvestites in Venice. "

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