March 19, 2007
"Death and Judgment" by Donna Leon
Death and Judgment is the fourth book in Donna Leon’s mystery series which started with Death at La Fenice. Commissario Guido Brunetti is a police detective in modern day Venice. This case is actually a combination of several individual murders and accidental deaths that in the end are all linked together by the common tie of illegal trafficking in women and snuff films. It is a good mystery series, your standard “police procedural” made different by the setting – Guido gets to crime scenes by boat or train, and the corruption and ineptitude of police officials, politicians, judges, etc., is subtly omnipresent. Guido’s family life usually plays a role in the stories. His wife, the daughter of a rich and powerful count, is a college literature professor and his best sounding board. They have two teenagers. Raffi, their son is not involved in this story, but fourteen year old Chiara knows the daughter of one of the victims and involves herself in her father’s investigation to a frightening degree. If you are looking for a well written mystery series that is set outside of the typical London or US city location, give the Guido Brunetti series a try.
Posted by jnardine at March 19, 2007 09:15 AM