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Friends in High Places
     

Friends in High Places

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by Donna Leon
 

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In Donna Leon’s ninth novel featuring her celebrated protagonist, Commissario Guido Brunetti finds himself caught up in a typically Venetian problem: red tape over renovations. Visited by a young bureaucrat, Brunetti learns that, officially, his apartment does not exist. The extra floor that was added years before was never approved. But what begins as

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In Donna Leon’s ninth novel featuring her celebrated protagonist, Commissario Guido Brunetti finds himself caught up in a typically Venetian problem: red tape over renovations. Visited by a young bureaucrat, Brunetti learns that, officially, his apartment does not exist. The extra floor that was added years before was never approved. But what begins as troublesome headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that takes him into unfamiliar and dangerous areas of Venetian life, and shows him, once again, what a difference it makes to have friends in high places.

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Praise for Friends in High Places:

Winner of the Crime Writers Association Macallan Silver Dagger Award for Fiction

“Beautifully written and immaculately plotted, Friends in High Places is further proof still that Leon can do no wrong.”Scotsman

“Carefully plotted and full of colorful as well as sinister characters, this is crime writing of the highest order: powerful, relevant and all too full of human failings.”Guardian (UK)

“All Donna Leon’s novels are excellent in their evocation of place, while in Brunetti she has created a character who . . . becomes more real in each book. Friends in High Places is, however, by far the best, and marks a quantum leap forward.”Evening Standard (London)

“Leon’s best so far . . . I don’t think I could really understand a crime fan who didn’t love Donna Leon.”Scotland on Sunday

“Leon is a skilful plotter . . . Brunetti is a nicely shaded creation, a moral man who is also all too human. Friends in High Places is a splendid read, clever and provoking.”Observer (UK)

Friends in High Places [is an] elegant police procedural set in beautifully imagined Venice.”Sunday Times (UK)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802126160
Publisher:
Grove Atlantic
Publication date:
03/14/2017
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
871,608
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Donna Leon is the author of the highly acclaimed, internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Donna Leon lived in Venice for many years and now divides her time between Venice and Switzerland.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Venice, Italy
Date of Birth:
February 28, 1942
Place of Birth:
Montclair, New Jersey
Education:
B.A., 1964; M.A. 1969; postgraduate work in English literature

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Friends in High Places (Guido Brunetti Series #9) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
wattfarms More than 1 year ago
Donna Leon is simply one of the best mystery writers I have had the pleasure to read. Her intelligence creates such unique insight into her characters. Even to call her a mystery writer diminishes her writing. I am a great reader of espionage and detective novels and have now completed all of Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti novels. I know the strength, intellect and joy of his family. The respect and love between Guido and his wife, Paola, is unique and so refreshing. I can feel the climb of steps to his apartment --to his retreat with a loving wife and children--to aromas of excellent meals which I can almost smell and taste. But, when the actual existence of his apartment is threatened on an otherwise calm day, this novel's path turns into one of another of Venice's fascinating historical lessons. As in all of her books, corruption at the base levels of the Church, the government, the Mafia, the educational system is always present. Brunetti's relationships and dealings within the system of his Questura are wonderful. His continual management of his idiot superior, Patta, is delightful as always. Each mystery written by Leon is focused on dialogue and thought and she is excellent at both. Friends in High Places is yet another exposure to Venice's unusual characteristics.
PurplePrincess1946 More than 1 year ago
Always fun to trace lead character Guido Brunetti through the streets of Venice. Not a figure it out quickly mystery as it keeps you interested and wondering all the time what will be the outcome. Love finding odd bits about him and his family and the people he works with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the plot and the descriptions of Venice and the people. Learned much about corruptness of the political situation and the methods used by Guido to solve the crime(s).
sheilalowe More than 1 year ago
As a mystery writer myself, I enjoyed the fact that there doesn't have to be a big blow 'em up, shoot 'em up finale. I have only recently discovered this series and really like all the characters. The writing is straightforward and feels "real."
goldengirlAB More than 1 year ago
Have read every one of her Brunetti series and look forward to the next one.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Love these books. However, this one not as good as others. Seemed to drag
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BettinainNYC More than 1 year ago
I discovered Donna Leon and Inspector Guido Brunetti in March - and I love all the books in the series. Ms.Leon writes wonderful mysteries - great stories, very well-written, with insight, humor, and great understanding about the nature of power and corruption.
hawthorn More than 1 year ago
Wonderful,wonderful! Great read. One of the best. Donna Leon is a fabulious author.
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I suppose it was well written, but I did not really enjoy the story. I thought that it was rather boring.
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Good quick read, likable characters.
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