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About Face by Donna Leon
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In this latest installment, Leon returns to Brunetti's charming, if problematic, domestic lifeórather neglected in recent installmentsówhich contrasts vividly with the violent crimes Brunetti must solve, a move applauded by critics who consider the genial, sophisticated Brunetti one of crime fiction's most engaging detectives. Though Leon's loving descriptions of life in contemporary Venice can at times displace the plot, she nevertheless heaps on the suspense in this hard-edged thriller. The New York Times Book Review complained of a clich»d story line, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette bemoaned Leon's shrill, preachy tone, but most critics considered About Face an enjoyable romp through modern Venice and a worthy addition to this well-regarded series.

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