Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Death and Judgment

Death and Judgment is the 4th in the Donna Leon mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. I'm reading these as I pick them up, in order when I can, but I'm not being a stickler for chronology with this series. There's been a television adaptation, but I haven't seen any of them.

from the back of the book:
In the fourth book of Leon's internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti series, a truck crashes and spills its illegal cargo on a treacherous road in the Italian Dolomite Mountains. Meanwhile a prominent international lawyer is found dead aboard an intercity train bound for Vence. Brunetti suspects a connection between the two tragedies. Digging deep for an answer, he stumbles upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the key to a crime network that reaches far beyond the laguna. But it will take another violent death in Venice before Brunetti and his colleagues can get to the bottom of the horrific events. concludes with this: "Admirers of Donna Leon’s singular series will find Death and Judgment her most complex and intensely realized novel." Reviewing the Evidence has a positive review and closes by saying, "There is a stark realism in her books that, along with the European ambience, makes me feel they're a step or two above everyday routine mysteries." Kirkus Reviews praises it, saying it "knit[s] together all her strengths: endearing detective, jaundiced social pathology, and a paranoid eye for plotting on a grand scale." Publishers Weekly calls it an "intriguing and finally horrifying tale".

I've also read the following from this series:
#1 Death at La Fenice (1992)
#2 Death in a Strange Country (1993)
#3 Dressed for Death (1994)
#18 About Face (2009)


  1. I remember your reviews of the other books in this series, and have looked for them in my library to no avail. Thanks for sharing this one with us.

    1. What we need is an online lending library!