Commissario Brunetti’s Fifth Case. As Venice braces for a winter tempest, Commissario Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon's intrepid Italian sleuth, finds out that an old friend has been savagely beaten at the palazzo home of reigning diva Flavia Petreli. Then, as the flood waters rise, a corpse is discovered - and Brunetti must wade through the chaotic city to solve his deadliest case yet. Sinister and exotic, »Acqua Alta« is another chilling addition to Donna Leon's bestselling series.
»Intricate and intimate descriptions of Venetian life fill these pages and prove that Leon has once again created a high-stakes mystery in which the setting vibrates with as much life as the story itself.«Publishers' Weekly
»Her Venice thrillers with the attractive superintendent Brunetti have a fascination similar to that of the city in which they are set. The superintendent, a distant relative of Simenon’s Maigret, is a tolerant father of a family, and a remarkably unbureaucratic man. He has no difficulty in keeping the results of his investigations, the truth behind the truth, to himself in order to protect people and their feelings. He thus contributes a modicum of humanity to a morally decaying world in which the string-pullers of environmental crime and human traffic are allowed to stroll unimpeded over St. Mark’s Square.«Brigitte
»Donna Leon is a top thriller writer, on a par with Agatha Christie, Dorothy 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.«SonntagsZeitung