Quietly in Their Sleep (Guido Brunetti Series #6)

Quietly in Their Sleep (Guido Brunetti Series #6)

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by Donna Leon
     
 

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Donna Leon's mastery of plot, her understanding of Venetian manners and mores, and above all her philosophical, unfailingly decent protagonist have made the Commissario Brunetti mysteries bestsellers around the world, including an ever-growing American audience. In The Death of Faith, Brunetti comes to the aid of a young nursing sister who is leaving her

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Donna Leon's mastery of plot, her understanding of Venetian manners and mores, and above all her philosophical, unfailingly decent protagonist have made the Commissario Brunetti mysteries bestsellers around the world, including an ever-growing American audience. In The Death of Faith, Brunetti comes to the aid of a young nursing sister who is leaving her convent following the unexpected death of five patients. At first Brunetti's inquiries reveal nothing amiss, and he wonders whether the nun is simply creating a smoke screen to justify abandoning her vocation. But perhaps she has stumbled onto something very real and very sinister-something that puts her life in imminent danger.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever (The Washington Post)

Brunetti is the most humane sleuth since Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

No one knows the labyrinthine world of Venice . . . like Leon's Brunetti. (Time)

Time
No one knows the labyrinthine world of Venice ... like Leon's Brunetti.
Washington Post
One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever
Philadelphia Inquirer
Brunetti is the most humane sleuth since Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143115939
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/24/2009
Series:
Guido Brunetti Series, #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,267,005
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever (The Washington Post)

Brunetti is the most humane sleuth since Georges SimenonÆs Inspector Maigret. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

No one knows the labyrinthine world of Venice . . . like LeonÆs Brunetti. (Time)

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).

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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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