Acqua Alta

Acqua Alta

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Baker & Taylor
Venice detective Guido Brunetti swings into action when the curator of Venice's most prestigious museum turns up dead, bludgeoned by a priceless artifact, and American archaelogist Brett Lynch, a close friend, narrowly escapes the killer

Blackwell North Amer
When Brett Lynch, an American archaeologist, is savagely beaten by two well-dressed men on the doorstep of her Venice flat, few besides Brunetti are outraged. Lynch is, after all, a foreigner and a lesbian to boot. But all Venice is galvanized when, two days later, Dottor Semenzato, a prestigious museum curator, is murdered. Brunetti quickly makes the connection between Lynch's attack and Semenzato's killing - both had worked on a celebrated exhibition of Chinese antiquities. The policeman's investigation opens onto the moral sinkhole in which Venice's upper class clandestinely wallows when he discovers that Semenzato had been peddling artifacts from the Chinese exhibition. Lynch has learned of his misdeeds too and of chicanery in high places half a world away. Even a record-breaking acqua alta will not deter the killers from getting her murder right the second time. Can Brunetti?

Baker
& Taylor

Venice detective Guido Brunetti swings into action when the curator of Venice's most prestigious museum turns up dead, bludgeoned by a priceless artifact, and American archaelogist Brett Lynch, a close friend, narrowly escapes the killer. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060186517
0060186518
Branch Call Number: M LEON
M LEON
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 22 cm

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maipenrai
Dec 09, 2016

(The fifth book in the Guido Brunetti series)

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 11, 2014

One of the pleasures of this Brunetti novel is the reappearance of archaeologist Brett, who brought the Xian exhibit to Venice a few years ago, and her lover Flavia, diva at Milan and all over the opera world. Unfortunately, the novel opens with the severe beating of Brett in her own home by two unknown men, apparently in a botched robbery. Brunetti visits her in the hospital as a friend, but when the head of the museum is murdered a few days later, becomes involved in a professional capacity. The pollution of high waters, and corruption of the art world, nearly overwhelm Brunetti, as he tries to find out who would dare substitute fakes for the real thing. One of the best, for its character development, including that of the bad guys, Brunetti's maturing children, and his co workers.

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baylife
Jan 16, 2012

After reading Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti books I long to go back to Venice to see and absorb all the intriguing things I was completely unaware of in previous visits.

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kjanowski
Aug 02, 2011

fun, entertaining, lightweight mystery with interesting characters set in atmospheric Venice

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racer7
Jul 28, 2011

Good mystery series.
Excellent descriptions of Venice.

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GerryAdams
May 22, 2011

Commissario Guido Brunetti series
Venice
Wife & daughter

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