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When he hears that Brett Lynch has been savagely beaten, Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice (Italy) police takes more than a professional interest. (Brett is the companion to famed opera singer Flavia Petrelli whom Donna Leon readers had met in her first novel, "Death at La Fenice." Shortly thereafter, a man's body is found, and a link to the assault is made, and the "conspiracy" grows, as only Leon can do. It's a conspiracy involving power, big money, the upper echelons of Venice society. Leon seems to be at her best when she is attacking corruption and "Acqua Alta" is no exception. Brunetti is one of my favorite police procedural characters.   
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   criminal's rise in a crime organization Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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