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Thursday, May 13, 2010

A QUESTION OF BELIEF - Guido Brunetti Series No. 19

by Donna Leon - available in hardcover

A friend has delivered a folder to Commissario Guido Brunetti that shows that someone might be deliberately delaying court cases to effect the outcomes. Also, his colleague, Inspector Lorenzo Vianello, has brought concerns about his aunt's recent interest in psychics to Brunetti and asks for his help.

Even the energy for crime seems to be wilting under the heat of a typical Venice summer, but murder has abruptly disrupted Brunetti's vacation plans to escape the heat and leave the city before the annual influx of tourists.

Although they have very different writing styles and are set in different areas of Italy, Leon's books echo the same frustration with Italian politics and corruption as those written by another favorite Italian author of mine, Andrea Camilleri. Despite what the police think or may be able to prove, in Italy it doesn't always follow that any of the criminals will actually be prosecuted for their crimes.

If you haven't read any of the Brunetti books by Donna Leon, you should. They're intelligent and they give the reader a glimpse into the roles the government and the Church play in Italian life.

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