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Donna Leon

Donna Leon

Donna Leon, born in New Jersey in 1942, moved to Italy at the age of 23 to continue her studies in Perugia and Siena. She has lived outside the USA since 1965 and worked as a travel guide in Rome, as a copywriter in London, and has also taught at American schools in Switzerland, Iran, China and Saudi Arabia. She lived in Italy for decades and now divides her time between Switzerland and Venice.

Awards
  • Das Hörbuch Mein Venedig ist auf den 1. Platz des österreichischen Publikumspreises ›Buchliebling‹ gewählt worden, der Roman Verschwiegene Kanäle erzielte den 3. Platz in der Rubrik ›Krimis und Thriller‹ , 2006
  • Silver Award in der Kategorie Krimi/Thriller des britischen Hörbuchpreises Spoken Word Awards für das englische Hörbuch Blood from a Stone , 2005
  • Donna Leon erhält den Corine – Internationaler Buchpreis für Die dunkle Stunde der Serenissima , 2003
  • Donna Leon ist im Rahmen der Veranstaltungen zum Welttag des Buches für Nobiltà mit dem Goldenen Buch des Österreichischen Hauptverbandes des Buchhandels ausgezeichnet worden , 2000
  • Donna Leon erhält den Silver Dagger der Crime Writers' Association für Friends in High Places , 2000
  • 3. Platz für Venezianische Scharade in der Internationalen Sparte beim 13. Deutschen Krimi-Preis , 1997
  • Japans renommierter Suntory-Preis für Death at la Fenice , 1991
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Movie Adaptations
  • Tod zwischen den Zeilen, Sigi Rothemund, 2017
  • Das goldene Ei, Sigi Rothemund, 2016
  • Tierische Profite, Sigi Rothemund, 2015
  • Reiches Erbe, Sigi Rothemund, 2014
  • Auf Treu und Glauben, Sigi Rothemund, 2013
  • Schöner Schein, Sigi Rothemund, 2012
  • Das Mädchen seiner Träume, Sigi Rothemund, 2011
  • Lasset die Kinder zu mir kommen (TV), Sigi Rothemund, 2010
  • Wie durch ein dunkles Glas, Sigi Rothemund, 2009
  • Die dunkle Stunde der Serenissima, Sigi Rothemund, 2008
  • Blutige Steine, Sigi Rothemund, 2008
  • Das Gesetz der Lagune, Sigi Rothemund, 2006
  • Endstation Venedig, Sigi Rothemund, 2006
  • Beweise, dass es böse ist, Sigi Rothemund , 2005
  • Verschwiegene Kanäle, Sigi Rothemund , 2005
  • Acqua Alta, Sigi Rothemund, 2004
  • Sanft entschlafen, Sigi Rothemund, 2004
  • Venezianisches Finale, Sigi Rothemund , 2003
  • Feine Freunde, Sigi Rothemund , 2003
  • Nobiltà, Sigi Rothemund , 2002
  • In Sachen Signora Brunetti, Sigi Rothemund , 2001
  • Davon stirbt man nicht, Christine Hartmann, 2001
  • Venizianische Scharade, Christian Castelberg, 2000
  • Vendetta, Christian Castelberg, 2000
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»Brilliant.«
Sunday Times, London
»A splendid series . . . with a backdrop of the city so vivid you can almost smell it.«
The Sunday Telegraph
»Donna Leon can paralyze the reader with joyful suspense.«
The Mail on Sunday
»[Donna Leon] has never become perfunctory, never failed to give us vivid portraits of people and of Venice, never lost her fine, disillusioned indignation.«
The New York Times
»The most obvious appeal of Donna Leon's novels about Commissario Guido Brunetti is that they are so supremely civilized. For readers with a certain mindset—distaste for violence, love of Italy's cultural and sensual pleasures and scorn for officialdom — Donna Leon's novels are always a pleasure.«
Washington Post
»Donna Leon guides us through Venice like James Ellroy through Los Angeles or Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn through Barcelona: with an eye used to detect what lies behind the façade.«
Le Figaro
»Donna Leon is a top thriller writer, on a par with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell. Women, so it would seem from literary history, have always been in their element with the genre of murder and violence.«
Sonntags Zeitung
»Brilliantly evokes Venetian atmosphere. The characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series.«
The Times
»Brunetti's humane police work is disarming, and his ambles through the city are a delight.«
The New York Times Book Review
»Brunetti remains unique – an everyman who's also extraordinary.«
Publishers Weekly
»A splendid series . . . with a backdrop of the city so vivid you can almost smell it.«
The Sunday Telegraph, London
»Donna Leon can paralyze the reader with joyful suspense.«
The Mail on Sunday, London
»[Donna Leon] has never become perfunctory, never failed to give us vivid portraits of people and of Venice, never lost her fine, disillusioned indignation.«
Ursula K. LeGuin / The New York Times
»The most obvious appeal of Donna Leon's novels about Commissario Guido Brunetti is that they are so supremely civilized. For readers with a certain mindset—distaste for violence, love of Italy's cultural and sensual pleasures and scorn for officialdom — Donna Leon's novels are always a pleasure.«
Patrick Anderson / Washington Post
»Donna Leon guides us through Venice like James Ellroy through Los Angeles or Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn through Barcelona: with an eye used to detect what lies behind the façade.«
Le Figaro, Paris
»Donna Leon is a top thriller writer, on a par with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell. Women, so it would seem from literary history, have always been in their element with the genre of murder and violence.«
Sonntags Zeitung, Zurich
»Brilliantly evokes Venetian atmosphere. The characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series.«
The Times, London
»Donna Leon is the undisputed crime fiction queen.«
Sarah Weinman / Baltimore Sun
»In the footsteps of Brunetti, endowed with a ruthless humor and a healthy appetite, Donna Leon's readers discover Venice better than with a guide book.«
Le Monde, Paris
»Brilliant.«
Sunday Times, London
»A splendid series . . . with a backdrop of the city so vivid you can almost smell it.«
The Sunday Telegraph
»Donna Leon can paralyze the reader with joyful suspense.«
The Mail on Sunday
»[Donna Leon] has never become perfunctory, never failed to give us vivid portraits of people and of Venice, never lost her fine, disillusioned indignation.«
The New York Times
»The most obvious appeal of Donna Leon's novels about Commissario Guido Brunetti is that they are so supremely civilized. For readers with a certain mindset—distaste for violence, love of Italy's cultural and sensual pleasures and scorn for officialdom — Donna Leon's novels are always a pleasure.«
Washington Post
»Donna Leon guides us through Venice like James Ellroy through Los Angeles or Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn through Barcelona: with an eye used to detect what lies behind the façade.«
Le Figaro
»Donna Leon is a top thriller writer, on a par with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell. Women, so it would seem from literary history, have always been in their element with the genre of murder and violence.«
Sonntags Zeitung
»Brilliantly evokes Venetian atmosphere. The characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series.«
The Times
»Brunetti's humane police work is disarming, and his ambles through the city are a delight.«
The New York Times Book Review
»Brunetti remains unique – an everyman who's also extraordinary.«
Publishers Weekly
»A splendid series . . . with a backdrop of the city so vivid you can almost smell it.«
The Sunday Telegraph, London
»Donna Leon can paralyze the reader with joyful suspense.«
The Mail on Sunday, London
»[Donna Leon] has never become perfunctory, never failed to give us vivid portraits of people and of Venice, never lost her fine, disillusioned indignation.«
Ursula K. LeGuin / The New York Times
»The most obvious appeal of Donna Leon's novels about Commissario Guido Brunetti is that they are so supremely civilized. For readers with a certain mindset—distaste for violence, love of Italy's cultural and sensual pleasures and scorn for officialdom — Donna Leon's novels are always a pleasure.«
Patrick Anderson / Washington Post
»Donna Leon guides us through Venice like James Ellroy through Los Angeles or Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn through Barcelona: with an eye used to detect what lies behind the façade.«
Le Figaro, Paris
»Donna Leon is a top thriller writer, on a par with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell. Women, so it would seem from literary history, have always been in their element with the genre of murder and violence.«
Sonntags Zeitung, Zurich
»Brilliantly evokes Venetian atmosphere. The characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series.«
The Times, London
»Donna Leon is the undisputed crime fiction queen.«
Sarah Weinman / Baltimore Sun
»In the footsteps of Brunetti, endowed with a ruthless humor and a healthy appetite, Donna Leon's readers discover Venice better than with a guide book.«
Le Monde, Paris
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Auf Treu und Glauben
Schöner Schein
Tierische Profite
Latin Lover
Stille Wasser
Tod zwischen den Zeilen
Reiches Erbe
Die dunkle Stunde der Serenissima
Wie durch ein dunkles Glas
Mein Venedig
Ewige Jugend
Lasset die Kinder zu mir kommen
Endlich mein
Zwei Fälle für Commissario Brunetti
Tierische Profite
Wie durch ein dunkles Glas
Blutige Steine
Himmlische Juwelen
Ewige Jugend
Das goldene Ei
Endlich mein
Mein Venedig
Schöner Schein
Das goldene Ei
Das Mädchen seiner Träume
Feine Freunde
Auf Treu und Glauben
Mit Brunetti durch Venedig
Himmlische Juwelen
Himmlische Juwelen
Lasset die Kinder zu mir kommen
Gondola
Stille Wasser
Tiere und Töne
Tod zwischen den Zeilen
Reiches Erbe
In Sachen Signora Brunetti
Bei den Brunettis zu Gast
Beweise, daß es böse ist