Friends in High Places (Guido Brunetti Series #9)

Friends in High Places (Guido Brunetti Series #9)

by Donna Leon


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ISBN-13: 9780802126160
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Guido Brunetti Series , #9
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 121,008
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.


Venice, Italy

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1942

Place of Birth:

Montclair, New Jersey


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. 23 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.
Talbin on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Friends in High Places, the ninth installment in Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series, tells the story of real estate corruption in Venice. One Saturday, Brunetti is visited by Franco Rossi, a building official who tells Brunetti that his apartment does not exist in city records. A few weeks later, Rossi is found dead, supposedly having fallen off a building scaffolding. Brunetti is immediately suspicious, because while Rossi was in his apartment earlier, Rossi had shown obvious signs of being terrified of heights. Meanwhile, Vice-Questore Patta comes to Brunetti to discuss the arrest of Patta's son for drug dealing. Brunetti pulls a few strings and keeps the news quiet for his supervisor. These two seemingly unrelated events draw Brunetti into an investigation of how real estate and money moves around his city. As events unfold, we learn of how things are "done" in Venice - pulling strings, calling in (and performing) favors, looking the other way. No one is exempt, including Brunetti. None of Leon's novels shy away from the corruption she sees in Venice's political and bureaucratic offices, but the mysteries in Friends in High Places stem directly from this corruption. Additionally, there is a small subplot about old families and the sometimes misplaced pride they have in themselves that I enjoyed.Unlike most of Leon's novels I've read so far, this one ends with some justice, albeit not official justice, but perhaps a bit of human justice. Another good entry to the Brunetti canon.
Joycepa on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Friends in High PlacesDonna Leon9th in the Commisario Brunetti series, set in Venice, Italy.Brunetti receives a visitor from the Officio Castato, the Registration Office, that controls permits and titles to all property in Venice. The visitor, Franco Rossi, tells a totally panicked Brunetti that because there is no record of the renovations that constitute his apartment to the building, the best he can hope for is a huge fine but the possibility exists that the apartment will be torn down.Later, Brunetti receives a phone call from Rossi, clearly uneasy, who wants to talk with him in person. But before Brunetti can make the meeting, Rossi dies in a fall from a third floor window. It seems like an accident, but Brunetti, having witnessed the terror on Rossi¿s face when confronted with heights, believes that Rossi has been murdered.The main protagonist in this book is Italian corruption, specifically the way it plays out in Venice. In all her books, Leon is unsparing in her criticism of corruption in all dealings that Venetians have with officialdom; this is nowhere more true than in real estate, and she at least mentions it from time to time in other books. But this is a close look at a major way that illegal money flows into the hands of corrupt officials.There is a subplot involving Patta that is very well done, showing yet another way that the justice system is corrupted and efforts by law enforcement officials frustrated.The end of the book, which is the climax, not usual for Leon, is hair-raising.As usual, the comprimario characters, such as Paola, Signorina Elettra, and Sgt. Vianello make large contributions to the strength of the plot.Another excellent installment. Highly recommended.
FicusFan on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Another good story in the Brunetti series. Set in modern day Venice the story is as much about life in Venice and his family as it is about a murder mystery.I love the characters from his family to his co-workers and friends. The ins and outs of trying to live in Venice/Italy, along with their customs and culture. Great setting and just a wonderful warm feeling.The crimes and the criminals are painted as sad and human, and not just evil baddies. The victims are people, and this book had incredibly wrenching portrayals of the survivors, without being maudlin or exploitive.The only problem is the ending. Leon never has a neat happy Hollywood ending with everything tied up. And that is fine, its like real life. But this time she seemed to not even really connect the crime to the suspects. We have some dead people, we have some ideas, and we have some who may have been the perpetrators or puppet masters, but nothing concrete. Because this isn't the newspaper, or real life, I do want a bit of entertainment type closure. But other than the ending it was one of her better ones. Can't wait for the next one.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing 3 months ago
(spoilers)I put this book down with a strong sense of unfinished business - there are several plot lines that are not tied up by the conclusion of the novel. Although that is all part of the bleak picture of corruption and futility that makes up Brunetti's world, it still left me feeling unsatisfied.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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