There is trouble in the Brunetti household. Guido, a Commisario of Police in Venice is at extreme odds with his wife, Paola, over an act of vandalism she has chosen as her form of vigilantism. As they await the outcome of her crime, they are torn between their love for each other and their strong disagreement on her method of drawing attention to a painfully immoral business concern.
Then the owner of the business is found murdered. Guido begins his investigation by talking to the distraught wife of the victim. And it is she who, in the end, guides him to the murderer. But first Guido finds that there is more than one illegal or borderline legal business, set up to ravish people in the third world, which has to be uncovered.
This report prepared by Mildred Diamant
In Venice, Italy Commissarrio Guido Brunette who is called to investigate an act of vandalism that has just been committed only to find that the culprit is his wife Paola Brunett,i a professor at the university. Her actions provoke a crisis in the Brunetti household. The involvement of his wife is not only personal but effects his professional career as he can be accused of police corruption and abuse of power. His wife is angry about the treatment of child prostitutes in eastern countries and the traffic in sex tourism. She breaks a window of a local travel agency that advertises trips to Thailand. Unfortunately she has broken the law and should be held accountable.
Guido Brunette is also involved in a current investigation of a bank robbery, as well as dealing with a witness to a mafia related murder. The witness is willing to testify to what he saw until his wife is murdered. But was she murdered by the mafia or was she murdered by her husband?
This report prepared by dena farquharson
For Vice Comissario Guido Brunetti, life isn't going so well. He is worried that his son might be interested in drugs, and, now, his wife Paola has been arrested
for smashing the window of a travel agency (a travel agency that she know specializes in arrange sex tours to third world countries!). For readers of this incredibly exciting series, Paola's actions come as no surprise--she is a woman of high principles and high moral fiber. However, this is a murder mystery and Paola's crime doesn't rate the same concern or urgency. And the murder arrives soon enough. The key witness to a Mafia holdup finds his wife murdered.
Brunetti, who has been suspended from the department pending his wife's investigation, is recalled and he sets out to solve this highly flamable, highly political, and very highly illegal crime. Author Donna Leon is at her best here, as she unabashably confronts a number of contemporary issues. Tainted pharmaceuticals in Third World countries weigh heavily in this mesmerizing plot, as well. And Leon doesn't hesitate to expose what she claims is the blatant
corruption by local politicians. Set in Venice, Italy, as are all her Brunetti novels, the author also makes the Pearl of the Adriatic a city that is at once electrifying and a must-visit. Brunetti rules again!
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs