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Doctored evidence
Leon, Donna.
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Publication Information:
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2004]

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245 pages ; 24 cm
Venetian police detective Guido Brunetti investigates when a Romanian housekeeper is falsely accused of murdering her employer.
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"A Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery"--Jacket.
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Beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti once again finds himself pursuing a puzzling case his fellow policemen would rather leave closed. What appears to be a cut-and-dried murder case pinpoints an elderly lady's maid as her killer. But Brunetti comes to a different conclusion and decides--unofficially--to take on the case himself.

Author Notes

Donna Leon was born on September 29, 1942 in Montclair, New Jersey. She taught English literature in England, Switzerland, Iran, China, Italy and Saudi Arabia. She is the author of a Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery series. Friends in High Places, a novel from the series, won the Crime Writers Association Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction in 2000. German Television has produced 16 Commissario Brunetti mysteries for broadcast. She was a crime reviewer for the Sunday Times. She has written the libretto for a comic opera and has set up her own opera company, Il Complesso Barocco. Her titles Jewels of Pardise, The Golden Egg, By Its Cover, Falling in Love and The Waters of Eternal Youth made The New York Times Bestseller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Leon's devoted American fans endured a seven-year wait before Uniformustice and Noble Radiance landed on our shores last year. Hardly any waiting this time, as Guido Brunetti makes a quick reappearance, once again embroiled in a case whose moral ambiguities weigh heavily on the beleaguered but warm-hearted Venice cop. An extremely unpleasant elderly woman, the scourge of her neighborhood, has been savagely murdered, and her Romanian housekeeper, herself killed while running from the police, has been tagged as the obvious perp. The facts don't add up, however, and Brunetti, over his superiors' objections, won't close the case. A familiar crime-fiction premise, to be sure, but Leon, as always, looks for nuance behind the formula. She finds it in the victim's relatives, all severely flawed figures but all sharing a bedrock humanity that resists caricature, and, of course, she finds it in Brunetti's lovingly detailed but never sentimentalized family life--always the greatest source of pleasure in a series that reminds us again and again just what character-driven really means. --Bill Ott Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

While a bit too slow to rank among her best, Leon's 13th atmospheric Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery (after 2003's Uniform Justice) still offers many pleasures, including a clever puzzle. When greedy, curmudgeonly Maria Grazia Battestini is murdered, the Venetian police suspect her Romanian housekeeper, whom they shoot when she tries to evade questioning. The case seems closed until a neighbor returns from a trip, claiming the housekeeper's innocence. Hardworking, cynical Brunetti, devoted to his family, succulent meals and justice, an honest man in a corrupt police department, takes over the case. He finds that Battestini's several bank accounts were transferred out of Italy upon her death, the source of the money unknown. Brunetti suspects that her lawyer, Roberta Marieschi, and niece, Graziella Simionato, who shared power of attorney, were in cahoots and that the money came from blackmail. After several false leads and assiduous attention to detail, Brunetti discovers the key to the crime-pride, rather than greed, with the title a pun on the motive-meanwhile one-upping his workplace enemy, the ambitious, careless Lieutenant Scarpa. Leon evokes the real Venice, not the place of romantic novels or glitzy travel guides but the gritty, inbred city of dishonest politicians and hamlet-like neighborhoods filled with gossip. (Apr. 20) Forecast: Uniform Justice was the #1 Book Sense 76 title for September 2003. Aided by a four-city author tour and Penguin reissues of earlier Brunetti titles in paperback, this one will keep up the momentum for Leon, who has won the Crime Writers' Association's Silver Dagger. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The crime at first seems an open-and-shut case: a Romanian housekeeper, accused of brutally murdering her miserly, elderly Venetian employer, is killed while fleeing the police. But when a neighbor steps forward to clear the housekeeper's name, Commissario Guido Brunetti seeks to find the real killer, especially when he learns that the original officer on the case is his enemy, the malevolent Lieutenant Scarpa. Like Leon's other elegant Venetian mysteries (Uniform Justice), the intricate plot here resembles the city's narrow and crooked calli, "often leading to dead ends or branches that [take] the unsuspecting in the opposite direction to the way they wanted to go." The pleasure for readers lies in accompanying Brunetti as he navigates these labyrinths of "rancours and animosities...and obstacles and wrong turns" in his scrupulous quest for justice. Along the way, readers are also treated to evocative portraits of Venice and its people and mouthwatering descriptions of its food. Fans will snap this up. Strongly recommended for most mystery collections.-Wilda Williams, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.