Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, Book 1) by Donna Leon

Police Procedurals

By Donna Leon

Death at l. a. Fenice is the 1st novel in Donna Leon's across the world best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti sequence. in the course of intermission on the famed los angeles Fenice opera condo in Venice, a notoriously tough conductor is poisoned, and suspects abound. Brunetti, a local Venetian, units out to solve the secret at the back of the high-profile homicide. to take action, he he calls on his wisdom of Venice, its tradition, and its soiled politics. Revenge, corruption, or even Italian delicacies play a job. the unconventional that began all of it, Death at l. a. Fenice is an entrancing secret, wealthy in atmosphere.

“Few detective writers create so shiny, inclusive and convincing a story as Donna Leon, the expatriate American with the Venetian center. . . . probably the most beautiful and sophisticated detective sequence ever." —The Washington Post

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I remember that pale, almost nauseating light when the sun cast its yellow rays into the green kitchen. I'm maybe six years old. Instinctively I'm scared of making any noise. I stand there, all alone, and stare at them. They're all busy with something. I feel very useless, almost in the 7 way, as if I'd been born too late. I often thought I might have been an accident that they were unable to stop. There are two years between my sisters. I came along eight years later. What could have made my mother want another child after such a long time?

Zipp tried to imagine what pose he took, whether he was lying on a sofa or sitting on a chair, or maybe standing up in some impossible position. He hadn't dared to ask. But Zipp was curious. The thought of taking off his clothes in front of a woman and letting her look at him while he stood there, passive, made him uncomfortable. Of course they had sex afterwards. According to Andreas. But the feeling, thought Zipp, of having to stand there, motionless, while the Woman examined his body in every detail.

High above the town, with a view of the river, stood an imposing house from the early twentieth century. In need of repair here and there, but the green panelling was still holding up to all kinds of weather. This was where the artist Anna Fehn lived. One evening in early summer she was wandering around in the town square, observing people. She had a trained eye. Most people aren't especially attractive, she thought. Most of them are a random selection of genes from the two sets which served as the basis for their existence.

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