In Death and Judgment, the fourth novel in Donna Leon's best selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series, a truck crashes and spills its dangerous cargo on a treacherous road in the Italian Dolomite Mountains. Meanwhile, a prominent international lawyer is found dead aboard an intercity train bound for Venice. Brunetti suspects a connection between the two tragedies. Digging deep for an answer, he stumbles upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the key to a crime network that reaches far beyond the laguna. But it will take another violent death in Venice before Brunetti and his colleagues can get to the bottom of what is behind the horrific events.
Donna Leon, born in New Jersey in 1942, has worked as a travel guide in Rome and as a copywriter in London. She taught literature in universities in Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia. Commissario Brunetti made her books world-famous. Donna Leon lived in Italy for many years, and although she now lives in Switzerland, she often visits Venice.
Leon moves with ease through this serene and secretive city, penetrating every level of its complicated social strata. And when she gets to the corrupt core of her story, this elegant stylist shows she can also write in a fine, cold fury.”—The New York Times Book Review
Another captivating mystery featuring the most humane sleuth since Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
[Brunetti’s] most difficult and politically sensitive case to date . . . complex and filled with charm, humor, and intelligence.”—Booklist
Knit[s] together her strengths: endearing detective, jaundiced social pathology, and a paranoid eye for plotting on a grand scale.”—Kirkus Reviews