Suffer the Little Children

Suffer the Little Children

Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A brutal attack on a pediatrician by a Carabiniere captain and two privates, who also take away the doctor's eighteen-month-old son, draws Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Inspector Vianello, into a dangerous case involving a ring of baby traffickers and an illegal money-making scheme between pharmacists and doctors. 50,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
Donna Leon’s charming, evocative, and addictive Commissario Guido Brunetti series continues with Suffer the Little Children. When Commissario Brunetti is summoned in the middle of the night to the hospital bed of a senior pediatrician, he is confronted with more questions than answers. Three men -- a young Carabiniere captain and two privates from out of town -- have burst into the doctor's apartment in the middle of the night, attacked him and taken away his eighteenth-month old baby boy. What could have motivated an assault by the forces of the state so violent it has left the doctor mute? Who would have authorized such an alarming operation? At the same time, Brunetti’s colleague Inspector Vianello discovers a money-making scam between pharmacists and doctors in the city. But it appears as if one of the pharmacists is after more than money. Donna Leon's new novel is as subtle and fascinating as ever, set in a beautifully-realized Venice, a glorious city seething with small-town vice.


Blackwell North Amer
Summoned in the middle of the night to the hospital bed of a senior pediatrician, Commissario Brunetti is confronted with more questions than answers. Three men had burst into the doctor's apartment while the family was sleeping, attacked him, and taken away his eighteen-month-old boy. What could have motivated an assault so violent that it has left the doctor mute? Who would dare to take the doctor's child?
As Brunetti delves into the case, he begins to uncover a story of infertility, desperation, and illegal dealings. At the same time, Brunetti's colleague, Inspector Vianello, discovers a moneymaking scam between pharmacists and doctors in the city. But it appears as if one of the pharmacists is after more than money. What secrets are to be found in his client's medical records? And what has been done with them?

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A brutal attack on a pediatrician by a Carabiniere captain and two privates, who also take away the doctor's eighteen-month-old son, draws Commissario Guido Brunetti into a dangerous case involving a ring of baby traffickers.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780871139603
087113960X
Branch Call Number: M LEON
Characteristics: 264 p.

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jeffreyochsner
Apr 08, 2017

This book shows how people who think they are behaving morally can destroy other people's lives. I could not stop reading because I had to know what happened, but this is not a happy book. There were plot twists I did not anticipate.

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DorisWaggoner
Jan 04, 2016

Parts of this addition to the series are as good as any. Brunetti's agonizing over the meaning of fatherhood, for instance, and the scenes in his family, are one of the reasons this series is so good. Two of her books came out this year, which may explain the editorial slip that mixed up two characters' names in a crucial scene and for a minute confuse the reader and pull us away from the tension of the scene. The investigation Vianelli's doing, on pharmacy scams, comes together with Brunetti's, in a surprise ending.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

In the sixteenth of this addictive series set in Venice, Commissario Guido Brunetti seems in a more reflective and philosophical mood as he attempts to come to terms with the Carabinieri's brutal removal of an eighteen-month-old boy from his loving pediatrician father and his well-connected wife. As Brunetti muses on the bonds of parenthood and exposes an illegal adoption process, his colleague unravels the details of a scam which opens the door to blackmail and a father's violent revenge.

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2011angie
Jul 26, 2012

Not one of her best. Mix up in names - editor ? - and s l o w, too much details.

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