Commissario Guido Brunetti # 21
Atlantic Monthly Press
2012 / ISBN-10: 0802120237
Police Procedural / Venice, Italy - Contemporary
by LJ Roberts
A man lay still, as still as a piece of meat on a slab, as still
as death itself.
It starts with
a body found in a canal; stabbed to death, no wallet and wearing
only one shoe. His physical structure should make him fairly easy
to identify, and does. A man who loves animals and is separated
from his wife who seems not to particularly care that her husband
is dead. But it is the man's secondary profession which raises questions,
not only about the murder, but about the politics and ethics of
with the fact that I love the map on the inside covers. Maps are
wonderful things. They accentuate the sense of place and allow you
to "walk" with the characters.
Now let's talk
about Leon and how wonderful is her style and voice. "If a
man who always lies tells someone he is a liar, is he telling the
truth? If no one is alive in a room, is the room empty?" it
is not only Leon's narrative that is compelling, but her dialogue,
which has a natural flow and intelligence particularly, in this
book between Brunetti and Signorina Elettra, one of the most intriguing
character currently being written. Brunetti is a true Venetian.
He loves his city, his family and his food. He doesn't understand
how people can stand living where they need cars. He recognizes
the pervasive dishonesty in the ways things are done, even in himself.
descriptions of food usually leave the reader hungry. However, in
this book rather than compelling you to the kitchen, it could forever
change what you eat. There is an extensive scene which may leave
readers extremely uncomfortable, however, it is factual and shows
how easily greed can dominate ethics.
is, as always, extremely well written. Because of the focus on social
issues, which were interesting and important, I did feel the plot
taking an occasional second seat.
Things is not my favorite of Leon's books, but saying it was
very good, is comparable to lesser authors being excellent.
of other titles in this series
At La Fenice #1
and Judgment #4
Golden Egg #22
Its Cover #23
Waters of Eternal Youth #25