Available in paperback for the first time, the first book in the internationally bestselling Guido Brunetti detective series in which a high society murder leads the detective
Beautiful and serene Venice is a city almost devoid of crime. But that is little comfort to Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor whose intermission refreshment comes one night with a little something extra in it--cyanide. For Guido Brunetti, vice-commissario of police and genius detective, finding a suspect isn’t a problem; narrowing the large and unconventional group of enemies down to one is. As the suave and pithy Brunetti pieces together clues, a shocking picture of depravity and revenge emerges, leaving him torn between what is and what should be right--and questioning what the law can do, and what needs to be done.
About the Author
Donna Leon has written four previous Guido Brunetti novels, Death and Judgment, Dressed for Death, Death in a Strange Country, and Death at La Fenice, which won the Suntory Prize for the best suspense novel of 1991. She teaches English at the University of Maryland extension at a U.S. Air Force base near Venice Italy, where she has lived for over twenty years.
“Donna Leon’s Venetian mysteries never disappoint, calling up the romantic sights and sounds of La Serenissima even as they acquaint us with the practical matters that concern the city’s residents.”
— Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Guido Brunetti can ride in my gondola anytime. What a splendid detective.”
— Susan Isaacs, author of After All These Years
“Donna Leon has given fans of subtle, clever and literate mysteries something to cheer about...A wonderful read.”
— Tony Hillerman
“A challenging mystery, a sophisticated drama, and a unique glimpse of a medieval society that stilll flourishes.”
— St Louis Post-Dispatch
“A gripping first mystery, as beguiling and secretly sinister as Venice herself. Sparkling and irresistible.”
— Rita Mae Brown
“[A] piquant mixture of opera, food and Venetian scenery.”
— Chicago Tribune