Dressed for Death (Guido Brunetti Series #3)

Dressed for Death (Guido Brunetti Series #3)

by Donna Leon
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Dressed for Death (Guido Brunetti Series #3) by Donna Leon

A body in the bank earns a different kind of interest. Respectable Venetians hardly notice the murder of a transvestite prostitute until the body is identified as Leonardo Mascari, director of the Venice branch of the Bank of Verona. While tongues wag over the scandal, only Guido Brunetti realizes he's up against something considerably more sordid than a sex killing. He's soon on the track of a nasty scheme involving tax fraud and a protection racket that leads him into a confrontation with the highest levels of the financial world, the Italian government, and the Church.

"Guido Brunetti can ride in my gondola anytime. What a splendid detective." (Susan Isaacs)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143115892
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Series: Guido Brunetti Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Donna Leon is the author of the international best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey and has lived in Venice for thirty years.

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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Dressed for Death (Guido Brunetti Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BEWARE: this is the same book that was published in the UK as The Anonymous Venetian. So if you're completing your Brunetti set take care not to end up with a duplicate. This sort of cross-Atlantic name changing merits a mention somewhere, I should think. That said, it is (of course) an excellent book, as are all of Donna Leon's Brunetti books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It¿s not every daythat Venetians discover a body in and about one of its many canals, but when this particular body is found to be that of the director of a local, influential bank, eyebrows and curiosity are raised. And even more so when this body is presented as a transvestite prostitute! All Venice is agog and in an uproar! Donna Leon returns triumphantly in another of her brilliant Commissario Guido Brunetti episodes, and the reader is not left for one second in anything but gripping suspense. Leon, an American writer who is enjoying incredible success at writing police procedurals set in Italy, presents ¿the Pearl of the Adriatic¿ in more than all its glory. With Brunetti, she explores not only its grandeur but reveals the city¿s mud as well. Just as the body is not as it seems, Brunetti finds that there is even more deception to come. Two more bodies are found that are related to this case, and the author examines more than just police procedures here, as she seems to do in all of her novels. The various aspects of Venetian life are examined, the corruption of government officials, the criminal activities (covering a wide range of subjects from drugs to illecit sex trade), and, of course, the personal lives of her central characters. She has a great knack for character presentation that make them more than just ¿interesting and lovable¿! I have found few authors who do so with such dedication and thoroughness. Leon, who lives in Italy, certainly seems to know her subjects well, beginning with the first Brunetti novel, ¿Death at La Fenice.¿ None of her books should be missed, not simply because she has a glorious setting, or fantastic characters, or plots that are convincing, but simply because she is a good read!
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eQuill More than 1 year ago
Another in the Guido Brunetti series, set in Venice and infused with atmosphere of the city and its residents, as much a part of the story as the mystery itself. Entertaining, leaves you wanting to read to the end.
TE_UD More than 1 year ago
I am now hooked on this series and have started from book 1 - the main characters are likeable and interesting. Haven't visited Venice but this series makes me want to visit - but not during tourist season.
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jackiepenny More than 1 year ago
For a life long mystery reader Donna Leon is a gem. This is a page turner but with Leon you remember what you've read two novels after you've finished the book. Very satisfying style. She paints good pictures.
Lynnfieldwoods More than 1 year ago
I love books (mysteries especially) that give you a great sense of place and when I started reading this book and saw that Commissario Brunetti would be working over in Marghera, I didn't have a good feeling because it seems whenever the author takes their protagonist out of their usual setting something gets lost but not here. This is another fine edition in the series. Police in Venice are just as diligent in their jobs as our American counterparts but they seem to do it with more style. Taking time off in the middle of the day to go home for lunch is just unheard of here but in Venice, it's the norm. Brunetti will find the responsible parties involved, but just don't rush him when he is enjoying a great meal with Paola and his children. Balance is the key in life - keeping a healthy balance between our professional and personal lives and Brunetti knows that lesson well. I love these books that Donna Leon has created and am impressed by her vast knowledge that she imparts in her books. You won't go wrong on any of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is typical Donna Leon---well written, full of 'Venice information', and very engaging. You will definately NOT be disappointed!