Friends in High Places Book Summary and Study Guide

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A young bureaucrat visits Guido Brunetti at home, ostensibly to discuss housing standards to his apartment; Brunetti senses that the young man actually is trying to tell
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him something else. A few days later, the man's body is found dead, having fallen off a scaffolding as he was inspecting another construction site. The circumstances of death are a bit too pat and Brunetti starts to look into the matter. (He is a commissario with the Venice police.) His investigations lead him into two highly dangerous areas: drug trafficking and loan sharking. The networking of both these leads Brunetti into stonewalls and for once this honorable, incorruptable police chief has to look to his own “friends in high places” to try to get to the solution of this, one of his toughest cases. Leon is quite
adept at addressing social issues, not only of Venice and Italy, but of modern society as
well, and she does a great job.

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   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?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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