Death at La Fenice

Donna Leon (Author)


Available in paperback for the first time, the first book in the internationally bestselling Guido Brunetti detective series in which a high society murder leads the detective

Beautiful and serene Venice is a city almost devoid of crime. But that is little comfort to Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor whose intermission refreshment comes one night with a little something extra in it--cyanide. For Guido Brunetti, vice-commissario of police and genius detective, finding a suspect isn't a problem; narrowing the large and unconventional group of enemies down to one is. As the suave and pithy Brunetti pieces together clues, a shocking picture of depravity and revenge emerges, leaving him torn between what is and what should be right--and questioning what the law can do, and what needs to be done.

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
July 27, 2004
5.35 X 8.05 X 0.68 inches | 0.47 pounds

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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.


"Donna Leon's Venetian mysteries never disappoint, calling up the romantic sights and sounds of La Serenissima even as they acquaint us with the practical matters that concern the city's residents."--Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"Guido Brunetti can ride in my gondola anytime. What a splendid detective."--Susan Isaacs, author of After All These Years
"Donna Leon has given fans of subtle, clever and literate mysteries something to cheer about...A wonderful read."--Tony Hillerman
"A challenging mystery, a sophisticated drama, and a unique glimpse of a medieval society that stilll flourishes."--St Louis Post-Dispatch
"A gripping first mystery, as beguiling and secretly sinister as Venice herself. Sparkling and irresistible."--Rita Mae Brown
"[A] piquant mixture of opera, food and Venetian scenery."--Chicago Tribune