Friends in High Places (Guido Brunetti Series #9)

Friends in High Places (Guido Brunetti Series #9)

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by Donna Leon
     
 

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In Friends in High Places, Commissario Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of official approval for the construction of Brunetti’s apartment years before. What began as a red tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is later found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation

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In Friends in High Places, Commissario Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of official approval for the construction of Brunetti’s apartment years before. What began as a red tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is later found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that will take him into the unfamiliar and dangerous areas of drug abuse and loan-sharking, and will reveal, once again, what a difference it makes in Venice to have friends in high places.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555849023
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/29/2009
Series:
Guido Brunetti Series , #9
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
41,488
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

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).

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) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 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.
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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