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Verschwiegene Kanäle (Commissario Brunetti #12)

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Neither Commissario Brunetti nor his wife Paola have ever had much sympathy for the Italian armed forces, so when a young cadet is found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy, Brunetti's emotions are complex: pity and sorrow for the death of a boy, close in age to his own son, and contempt and irritation for the arrogance and high-handedness of the ...more
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Gerald Sinstadt
Feb 15, 2012 Gerald Sinstadt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Anyone who buys this book seeking a standard whodunnit will be disappointed, as at least one reviewer has plainly been. How sad to miss the growing depth of Donna Leon's portrayal of Venice, corruption in the Italian way of life, and the effect it has on the people who inhabit it.

Strangely, it seems to me that the crime element of Uniform Justice - an apparent suicide in a military academy - makes for a more interesting and plausible narrative than has been the case in some of the author's novel
The plot in this book is basically nonexistent and is an excuse for Donna Leon to have Many Opinions on the Military, as well as the inefficiencies of Italian government. This might not work for you if you, you know, care about plot, but luckily for everyone, I would read Brunetti's diary and be perfectly happy with it.

Highlights of this installment:

- Brunetti struggling with "unfamiliar" Euro coins as he gets on the traghetto. The Brunettiverse has transitioned off of lire, y'all!
- Comparisons
Feb 19, 2016 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was deeper than the average Brunetti. It had a lot of politico slant, most of which I disagree with from at least a partial all the way to a fully opposite degree. But regardless, the interpretation of consequence for the appearance OR for the reality of a committed murder was superb. And also in outcome completely Italian. Not only in logic but in the process.

Corruption reigns. And stats put into category of complete opposition to the reality of truth in occurrences. Brunetti is as dup
Jul 14, 2015 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime fiction fans.
This, the 12th in the Commissario Brunetti series, is one of the best. A refreshing change from the usual "who dunnit" genre. It is full of well drawn characters and a plot that, while it doesn't keep the reader guessing as to who is guilty, nevertheless does keep the reader guessing as to what is going to happen next right up to the last two or three pages.

The story opens when a young student is found hanging from the ceiling of a bathroom in the San Martino military academy. While it is an app
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brunetti, mystery
12th in the Commissario Brunetti series, set in Venice, Italy.[return][return]A young student is found hanging from the ceiling of a bathroom in the military academy of San Martino. It is an apparent suicide. To complicate matters, however, the dead boy is the son of a former politician who rose to fame in Italy for his unimpeachable honesty in investigating corruption in Venetian health services. Brunetti, put off by the hostile attitudes of both Comandante and students at the Academy and tales ...more
Jun 04, 2013 Larraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uniform Justice is the 12th in the Inspector Brunetti series and was published in 2003. This is one of the darker books in the series. The story centers around the apparent suicide of a 16 yr old cadet at an exclusive military school in Venice. It is largely attended by the children of previous attendees. In this case, the cadet is the son of a prominent oncologist and former member of parliament known for his absolute honesty in a country where political corruption is a foregone conclusion. Nei ...more
Se há algo que valorizo num policial é um bom final.

Este final simplesmente matou-me.

Ao virar a última página percebi que perdi tempo ao ler este livro.

Tempo que poderia ter usado para ler outro livro que me poderia ter oferecido algo melhor.

Para quem gosta de ver os criminosos devidamente castigados este não é um livro que aconselharia.
Jan 20, 2013 Shari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Political corruption, unyielding military brotherhood, the arrogance and entitlement of the nobility and aristocrats--life as usual, it seems, running roughshod over the ordinary people and taking vengeance on those of their own social strata who dare to think for themselves and get in the way of healthy stock returns. Then murder and conspiratorial subterfuge are just the way things are handled.

Commissario Brunetti runs headlong into an iron wall of silence--even the families of the victims are
While many books can take you on adventures in new places, give you new ideas to contemplate, and introduce you to new and complex characters, there is comfort in curling up to drop in on old friends. I love a good mystery (OK, even some not-so-good ones) and a good mystery series is even better. I will not bore everyone by carrying on about every book in a series, but I will occasionally highlight the one I’ve most recently read, hoping it will inspire someone else to check it out!

I just recen
Chris Witkowski
Have had Donna Leon recommended to me time and time again, but it took an impending trip to Venice to compel me to pick one up. Ok, I'm hooked. And what makes me really happy is that there are so many more Commissario Brunetti books to read!
Jun 10, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Donna Leon consistently delivers novels with substance and depth. As other reviewers have indicated, as readers experience several of her books the city of Venice becomes less of a background for the stories and more of a character.

It is clearly the seductive villain in her novels. In many ways they are not so much mysteries, but psychological dramas exploring the complex, multi-layered culture of Venice.

Uniform Justice was darker and less optimistic than some of her other stories. It wasn't jus
Janet McGee
Feb 02, 2016 Janet McGee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of Leon's books I've read to date. Her take on detective fiction is like none other's. Instead of giving you a tidy conclusion, she leaves you hanging, caught, like Commissario Guido Brunetti, in the labyrinthine, malfunctioning, Italian justice system. Yet, Brunetti stays true to his calling and delivers the answers to the crime that you, the reader, seek. Leon lets you feel less like a reader and more like a tourist on an expertly-guided tour through the can ...more
Deborah Moulton
Mar 02, 2010 Deborah Moulton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things get darker in these later novels as Brunetti grows more cynical about his society, "the men from the south," and the futility of doing good in such a world. An honest politician is scared off publishing an accurate and damning study on the military procurement system when his wife is injured in a deliberate shooting. His son attends an elite military academy in Venice and is found dead of a supposed suicide. Like a biblical tale, the sins of the fathers are extended through the next gener ...more
Camilla Tilly
Feb 22, 2016 Camilla Tilly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read all these books in order and have longed to get to this one since I have never been out on the Giudecca but have stood on the Zattere and studied the Military Academy on the other side of the water. It's fascinated me that such a small town like Venezia has a prestigious Military school.

So I thought it would be an exciting book about the Academy, telling about life in there, but basically nothing about it, is said! And not just that, the book says almost nothing in itself! Once the death
Gregg Bell
Beware the Guido! Commissario Guido Brunetti, that is. He's one bad mama-jama of a detective in Venice, Italy.

Enjoyable. The book was enjoyable.

First of all, yeah, it's set in Venice. So instead of high-speed car chases you've got high-speed gondola chases. (There aren't actually any high-speed gondola chases.) So that's interesting. And if you love Venice you'll love this because Leon hits on a lot of the landmarks. It's the old voyeuristic pleasure as well of being exposed to a foreign culture
Nov 03, 2014 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Commissario Brunetti novel … probably my last, as well. Perhaps I shouldn’t have started the series here, but I struggled to read all of the way to the purposely unsatisfactory conclusion. The plot moves slow; the characters slower. On untold occasions, Leon tells us the Brunetti or another character fails to responds to a query or remains silent for long, long moments before speaking. Everyone walks slow. People eat slow. No wonder Brunetti get a thrill from a short ride on a ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Cherie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To begin with, I have to confess that I love Venice. So any story that takes place there is likely to please me. Also, I love a good whodunit. Nothing's better for curling up with and relaxing. Still, Donna Leon's stories have something special. Maybe it's her detective, Commissario Brunetti. He's an extremely wise and cool person. A murder mystery's effectiveness depends on the personality of the detective, and Brunetti is extremely simpatico. Maybe it's the way her ripped-from-the-E.U.-headlin ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this book, read by David Colacci. It has been awhile since I last read a book by Donna Leon. I enjoyed this delightful read and already have a second mystery to begin today. This story is about a young man who is the son of a doctor and former politician found dead inside his school. The school is an elite Venetian Military academy. This being a very DARK incident, no one is talking. Eventually when the police are involved, the fabulous, Venetian detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Cliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another story in the ongoing saga of the Venetian commissario. I'm surprised that the poor man hasn't resigned long before now as his investigations rarely seem to bear fruit. This story is really quite bitter in its condemnation of Italian society where, if the author is to be believed, money buys everyone and anything. It is also scathing about the Italian army, almost agreeing in parts with the stereotype of it advancing by retreating. There is also at least one uncomplimentary remark about t ...more
Thibaut Creton
Jul 18, 2014 Thibaut Creton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Souvent rangé dans la péjorative para-littérature, le roman policier a trouvé ses lettres de noblesse avec Simenon... et aussi Donna Leon!
A l'enquête policière s'ajoute, comme toujours chez elle, une critique sans concession de la société italienne et plus particulièrement de la politique ou d'autres leviers de pouvoir... Illustrant la difficulté de boucler des enquêtes quand des intérêts politico-économiques sont en jeu, le commissaire Brunetti peine à coffrer les coupables, et ses enquêtes tou
Mary Ellen
Jan 15, 2014 Mary Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This was a reliable satisfying mystery in the Brunetti series: a mixture of good food, views of Venice, warm family time, somewhat amusing parrying in the Questura, and deep cynicism. The only down side to this series for me is the constant drumbeat of utter negativity about all things Catholic, since I am Catholic. But, being used to everyone and their brother taking potshots at my Church, I can skip over them and enjoy spending time with the otherwise pleasant Brunetti.

A little plus: no big ac
Sep 18, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Commissario Brunetti investigates a murder case while navigating the corruptness, greed and sense of entitlement found within the system - within his department, within the government, within the military. In reading my third of Donna Leon's series, I have come to realize that one should not expect happy or justice served endings with this author. What a person does receive is a well-written book exploring the dark side, not only of murder but also of those in whom we entrust our well ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Claude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favourite book in the series up to now, with maybe the exception of Murder at the Fenice and Acqua Alta.
Quite a dark novel, in which justice is NOT served.
Sep 18, 2013 Bebe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale is almost too depressing, young boy murdered at a military school.....Brunetti finally solves the crime, but cannot punish the perpetrator.
Jan 07, 2016 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic Brunetti story, with an ambivalent ending differentiating it from the normal one. However, all the usual ingredients are here - the walks around Venice, the observations about tourists and immigrants taking over, the loving descriptions of the canals and especially the food and wine, and of course a murder. A purported suicide takes place in a secretive semi-miliraty school academy, and Brunetti is not convinced of the truth of the suicide. Well, of course. His usual team investigate ( ...more
Virginia Van
Jan 17, 2016 Virginia Van rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
When a young cadet is found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice 19s elite military academy. Commissario Guido Brunetti believes all is not what it seems. As he begins to investigate he finds himself moved by sorrow for the boy, so close in age to his own son, and contemptuous of the military community intent on protecting itself. He also feels sympathy for the boys father, a doctor and former politician, who dared to tell the truth in a political environment reeking of corruption. As always wi ...more
Terese Smith
I am reading this series in order. A little disappointed in this one. It never really took off for me. On reflection I think it's because there was less of his family life and dear Vianello. Brunette was investigating a family whose life had been destroyed by political corruption, but there was no justice. Many of the characters were too lightly drawn to carry the story. I read it on a long plane trip, in one sitting - to be fair this may have affected my view. Hoping #13 will prove this book wa ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The saddest ending and the most ironic title.
May 06, 2015 Shuriu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paola had brought home ravioli di zucca and had prepared them with salvia leaves quickly sautéed in butter, then smothered them with Parmigiano. After that, she had switched to fennel, serving it interspersed with pan-fried veal pieces that had spent the previous night in the refrigerator, marinating in a paste of rosemary, garlic, fennel seed, and minced pancetta. (p. 158)

"I think part of it comes from your resentment -- not that some people have more than others, but that they don't realize or
Apr 18, 2010 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Judy by: Patti recommended this series
Love this series. Don't know which book this is in the series as I found in in the community lending library here at our home away from home in AZ.

This story is a mystery of the death of a student at a military academy whose father had alienated government officials with his "truthful" report of military spending. Commissario Brunetti investigates the questionable shooting of the student's mother, the missing sister. The military students are hostile and arrogant, giving no assistance. These stu
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Donna Leon (born September 29, 1942, in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.

Donna Leon has lived in Venice for over twenty-five years. She has worked as a lecturer in English Literature for the University of Maryland University College - Europe (UMUC-Europe) in Italy, then as a Professor
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Commissario Brunetti (1 - 10 of 25 books)
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