Fatal Remedies Mass Market Paperback – Sep 25 2007
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"One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever"
-The Washington Post
"No one knows the labyrinthine world of Venice . . . like Leon's Brunetti."
"[Brunetti's] humane police work is disarming, and his ambles through the city are a delight."
- The New York Times Book Review
"The sophisticated but still moral Brunetti, with his love of food and his loving family, proves a worthy custodian of timeless values and verities."
-The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
A New Yorker of Irish/Spanish descent, Donna Leon first went to Italy in 1965, returning regularly over the next decade or so while pursuing a career as an academic in the States and then later in Iran, China and finally Saudi Arabia. It was after a period in Saudi Arabia, which she found ‘damaging physically and spiritually’ that Donna decided to move to Venice, where she has now lived for over twenty years.
Her debut as a crime fiction writer began as a joke: talking in a dressing room in Venice’s opera-house La Fenice after a performance, Donna and a singer friend were vilifying a particular German conductor. From the thought ‘why don’t we kill him?’ and discussion of when, where and how, the idea for Death at La Fenice took shape, and was completed over the next four months.
Donna Leon is the crime reviewer for the London Sunday Times and is an opera expert. She has written the libretto for a comic opera, entitled Dona Gallina. Set in a chicken coop, and making use of existing baroque music, Donna Gallina was premiered in Innsbruck. Brigitte Fassbaender, one of the great mezzo-sopranos of our time, and now head of the Landestheater in Innsbruck, agreed to come out of retirement both to direct the opera and to play the part of the witch Azuneris (whose name combines the names of the two great Verdi villainesses Azucena and Amneris).
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Comm. Guido Brunetti is in a difficult position. It is his job to uphold the law. However, his wife, Professor Paola Brunetti, wants to stop a local travel agency from running sex tours for men. She demonstrates her cause by vandalizing the agency. With added pressure from above to solve a robbery and murder with possible Mafia connections, Brunetti is concerned both about his relationship with his wife and his career.
A book that starts without a prologue but with an unexpected, intriguing opening will always capture my interest and Leon wrote a great first chapter with 'Fatal Remedies.' But there are so many things to which I look forward, and enjoy, from Leon.
Her characters are wonderful. Brunetti has a very normal family with normal conflicts, even when they are demonstrated in not-so-normal ways. I appreciate his seeming pragmatism and understanding that his job is to uphold the law, which is not always just. The wonderful, smart and enigmatic Signorina Elettra is endlessly fascinating, for Brunetti as well as for the reader.
Leon creates a rich sense of place through sensory descriptions of sight, sound and particularly, smell. She also uses humor and introspection well''There are days when I think everything's getting worse, then there are days when I know they are. But then the sun comes out and I change my mind.'
In spite of the light moments, Leon always reminds us that this is a true police procedural in which there is violence and tragedy. Well done, Ms. Leon.
FATAL REMEDIES (Pol Proc-Insp. Guido Brunetti-Italy-Cont) ' VG
Leon, Donna ' 8th in series
Arrow Books, orig. ©1999, UK Paperback ' ISBN: 9780099269304A very good, true police procedural
What would you do to stop a moral wrong that's being perpetuated in front of you? Unless taking a stand is unavoidable, most people simply ignore the whole thing. That's clearly not the case for Commissario Guido Brunetti's professor wife, Paola, who makes life difficult for everyone in the family by protesting in a violent way.
The moral dilemma is raised to another height when it appears that Paola's act may have had unintended consequence. After you finish this book, think about what you should do about the same moral dilemma with regard to something that's legal . . . but highly immoral.
By bringing Paola's personality into the story in greater ways, Fatal Remedies is enriched with a more interesting set of questions. If you are like me, you'll be especially amused to see how Guido reacts to moral issues about doing illegal things to bring wrong-doers to justice. You'll quickly see that there are two sides to the coin of does the end justify the means.
The ultimate mystery is solved in the second half of the book where the condensation does no harm to making a good story.
I listened to the unabridged Blackstone Audio version of Fatal Remedies that is read by Anna Fields. I recommend that you avoid this audio. Although Ms. Fields can speak quite good Italian as she demonstrates on the audio, she chooses to render the male characters in English as though they were from the country in the U.S.Read more ›
Donna Leon's never is one to dodge social and contemporary issues, in this novel Brunetti is once again forced to confront moral and legal dilemmas."Fatal Remedies" does not miss a beat this one faces issues on sex-tourism and the exportation of medicines long past their expiry dates. As always, the author's view of Italian life and Brunetti's family values are central to the fabric of this book. Although I found this book is good it is not Leon's best work, nevertheless it stands above others of the same genre.