Friends in High Places (Guido Brunetti Series #9)

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The winner of the Crime Writers Association Macallan Silver Dagger-available for the first time in the United States

Donna Leon's sophisticated Commissario Brunetti series has won her legions of fans over the years. In Friends in High Places, Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of official approval for the building of Brunetti's apartment years before. What began as a red tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is found dead after a ...

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Overview

The winner of the Crime Writers Association Macallan Silver Dagger-available for the first time in the United States

Donna Leon's sophisticated Commissario Brunetti series has won her legions of fans over the years. In Friends in High Places, Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of official approval for the building of Brunetti's apartment years before. What began as a red tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that will take him into unfamiliar and dangerous areas of Venetian life, and will reveal, once again, what a difference it makes to have friends in high places.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143117063
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Series: Guido Brunetti Series, #9
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 241,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Leon

A New Yorker of Irish/Spanish descent, Donna Leon first went to Italy in 1965, returning regularly over the next decade or so while pursuing a career as an academic in the States and then later in Iran, China and finally Saudi Arabia. It was after a period in Saudi Arabia, which she found ‘damaging physically and spiritually’ that Donna decided to move to Venice, where she has now lived for over twenty years.

Her debut as a crime fiction writer began as a joke: talking in a dressing room in Venice’s opera-house La Fenice after a performance, Donna and a singer friend were vilifying a particular German conductor. From the thought ‘why don’t we kill him?’ and discussion of when, where and how, the idea for Death at La Fenice took shape, and was completed over the next four months.

Donna Leon is the crime reviewer for the London Sunday Times and is an opera expert. She has written the libretto for a comic opera, entitled Dona Gallina. Set in a chicken coop, and making use of existing baroque music, Donna Gallina was premiered in Innsbruck. Brigitte Fassbaender, one of the great mezzo-sopranos of our time, and now head of the Landestheater in Innsbruck, agreed to come out of retirement both to direct the opera and to play the part of the witch Azuneris (whose name combines the names of the two great Verdi villainesses Azucena and Amneris).

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

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Highly recommended - another wonderful Brunetti investigation

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Love this series

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2009

    Excellent

    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).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    True to life

    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."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Donna Leon never disappoints. Inspector Guido Brunetti and his team get better with every story. Am particularly delighted that she always includes his family life as well as the gritty Venice set.

    Have read every one of her Brunetti series and look forward to the next one.

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  • Posted January 2, 2015

    Highly Recommened

    Wonderful,wonderful! Great read. One of the best. Donna Leon is a fabulious author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    I do not recommend this book.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Recommend

    Good quick read, likable characters.

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