About Face

About Face

A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Donna Leon's eighteen novels have won her countless fans, heaps of critical acclaim, and a place among the top ranks of international crime writers. Through the warmhearted, perceptive, and principled Commissario Guido Brunetti, Leon's bestselling books have explored Venice in all its aspects: history, tourism, high culture, food, family, but also violent crime and political corruption.In About Face, Leon returns to one of her signature subjects: the environment, which has reached a crisis in Italy. Incinerators across the south of Italy are at full capacity, burning who-knows-what and releasing unacceptable levels of dangerous air pollutants, while in Naples, enormous garbage piles grow in the streets. In Venice, with the polluted waters of the canals and a major chemical complex across the lagoon, the issue is never far from the fore.Environmental concerns become significant in Brunetti's work when an investigator from the Carabiniere, looking into the illegal hauling of garbage, asks for a favor. But the investigator is not the only one with a special request. His father-in-law needs help and a mysterious woman comes into the picture. Brunetti soon finds himself in the middle of an investigation into murder and corruption more dangerous than anything he's seen before.
Publisher: North Kingstown, R.I. : BBC Audiobooks America, 2009.
ISBN: 9781602835665
Branch Call Number: BOOKCD MYSTERY LEO
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 hrs., 45 min.)
Additional Contributors: Colacci, David

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SchroederTribe Jul 21, 2015

Number 19 in the series many will know by now whether or not they like the adventures of Commissary Brunetti. For those unfamiliar with Donna Leon, this is a book about a detective and his case. though unlike many other detectives, he is not some lone wolf dealing with substance issue, miserable a d falling in love with women who will die, he is a Venetian man who has a wonderful relationship with his wife, and it is their relationship and thoughtful, witty exchanges that draw many readers back again to each novel. I was personally delighted to note that in discussion of corruption a number of ecological issues were noted (landfill waste, pollution) it will be interesting to see how many other novels this conversayion will seep into. Many have mentioned how the story is solved and that they find it absurd. I don't know... would it make more sense to a Venetian? I don't care a CSI type of investigation is not what I am looking for when I read the delightful and thought provoking Donna Leon.

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JudithE
Nov 29, 2011

It's a good book, though not a spectacular one. I like it because of the descriptions of Venice, and of the relationships of Venetians, which are subtly different from ours.

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