Donna Leon - book author
Donna Leon (born September 29, 1942, in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.
Donna Leon has lived in Venice for over twenty-five years. She has worked as a lecturer in English Literature for the University of Maryland University College - Europe (UMUC-Europe) in Italy, then as a Professor from 1981 to 1999 at the american military base of Vicenza (Italy) and a writer.
Her crime novels are all situated in or near Venice. They are written in English and translated into many foreign languages, although not, by her request, into Italian. Her ninth Brunetti novel, Friends in High Places, won the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger in 2000.
* Commissario Brunetti
Donna Leon is the author of books: Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1), Death in a Strange Country (Commissario Brunetti, #2), Acqua Alta (Commissario Brunetti, #5), Dressed for Death (Commissario Brunetti, #3), A Noble Radiance (Commissario Brunetti, #7), Death and Judgment (Commissario Brunetti, #4), The Golden Egg (Commissario Brunetti, #22), Friends in High Places (Commissario Brunetti, #9), Drawing Conclusions (Commissario Brunetti, #20), Doctored Evidence (Commissario Brunetti, #13)
But as the investigation unfolds, a chilling picture slowly begins to take shape--a detailed portrait of revenge painted with vivid strokes of hatred and shocking depravity. And the dilemma for Guido Brunetti will not be finding a murder suspect, but rather narrowing the choices down to one. . . .
In A Noble Radiance a new landowner is summoned urgently to his house not far from Venice when workmen accidentally unearth a macabre grave. The human corpse is badly decomposed, but a ring found nearby proves to be a first clue that reopens an infamous case of kidnapping involving one of Venice's most aristocratic families. Only Commissario Brunetti can unravel the clues and find his way into both the heart of patrician Venice and that of a family grieving for their abducted son.