July 16, 2007
"Acqua Alta" by Donna Leon
A while back I wrote about Donna Leon’s “Death and Judgment.” I recently finished the next book the series about Commissario Guido Brunetti, “Acqua Alta.” In this fifth episode, Brunetti is called upon to solve the brutal beating of an American archaeologist (who readers met in an earlier book “Death at la Fenice” along with her lover an opera singer) and the related murder of a crooked museum director. This series continues to be a well-written police procedural with the added ambiance of Venice (Acqua Alta is the flooding of Venice, a relatively frequent occurrence during high tides and heavy rains and plays a nearly constant role in this book). The story also brings into the plot Chinese antiquities, the Mafia, sexual orientation discrimination and hate crimes, opera, and the ever present theme of corruption and government inefficiency. I was reading this book during breaks while attending a conference. Two of the people sitting in the row in front of me noticed the book and we got into a lively conversation of how much we enjoy this series (both of them had read the book) and our conversation must have been animated enough that the two people sitting directly behind me asked for information on the author/title, etc., so they could start the series.
Posted by jnardine at July 16, 2007 10:12 AM