Friends in High Places by Donna Leon

Friends in High PlacesThe plot is lightweight, but what I like about this book is probably true of other Commissario Brunetti mysteries, the atmosphere and setting: Venice, campos, and sliding down the canals. Then there’s the acknowledgment of how pervasive corruption is, with moneylenders, bribes, a city decaying from negligence. I wonder how the Venetians feel about Leon’s portrayal of their body politic?

I also enjoy the complicated psychological and ethical considerations, especially facing the reality that without the help of those “friends in high places,” Commissario Brunetti’s investigation would be, shall we say, marooned.

Reviewed by sarav


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