Suffer the Little Children (Guido Brunetti Series #16)

Suffer the Little Children (Guido Brunetti Series #16)

by Donna Leon
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Suffer the Little Children (Guido Brunetti Series #16) by Donna Leon

A riveting new mystery from international bestseller Donna Leon

Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series has made Venice-a city that's beautiful and sophisticated, but also secretive and corrupt-one of mystery fans' most beloved locales. In this brilliant new book, Brunetti is summoned to the hospital bed of a respected pediatrician, where he is confronted with more questions than answers. Three men had burst into the doctor's apartment, attacked him, and kidnapped his eighteen-month-old son. What could have motivated an assault so violent that it has left the doctor mute? And could this crime be related to the moneymaking scam run by pharmacists that Brunetti's colleague has recently uncovered? As Brunetti delves deeper into the case, a story of infertility, desperation, and illegal dealings begins to unfold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143117117
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Series: Guido Brunetti Series , #16
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 257,597
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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).


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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CJ1953 More than 1 year ago
As someone who married into an Italian family, I love the references to Italian politics, Italian food, and Venetian life. I've been to Venice (as, OH NO, a tourist!) and can relate to the challenges that the natives face. This series is different from most police/crime fiction in that the perpetrators can't always be brought to justice. While Brunetti usually manages to figure out what happened it is not always possible, or even desirable, to put the bad guy away. Quick engaging reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these mysteries. I love the feeling of Venice and the main character, Brunetti, strong byt sensitive to others and the bigger world. I always learn a lot while having a good time. This one was as good as most in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on Donna Leon and Detective Brunetti from the very first book. If you enjoy mysteries then this is the series for you.
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I think its the funnyiest book in the world.i think it because it was with a bad doll that was a girl pulling a trick on the Nancy drew clue crew. But it wasnt realy interesting when the doll trys to kill them with a big fat chainsaw that was shapened by the dolls teeth. The doll was scary and freaky looking but it was kind of cutie when says will you get me some milk mommy at the begining.