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Leon, Donna

Works: 598 works in 2,953 publications in 8 languages and 66,170 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Musical fiction  Biography  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Creator, Narrator, Performer, Contributor, Author of introduction, Singer
Classifications: PS3562.E534, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Donna Leon
Uniform justice by Donna Leon ( Book )
47 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This internationally best-selling novelist has captivated fans throughout the world with her ever adroit, big-hearted Venetian detective Commissario Guido Brunetti. The Guardian raved that Leon's Brunetti series is crime writing of the highest order: powerful, relevant, and all too full of human failings. As Uniform Justice opens Brunetti is called to investigate a parent's worst nightmare: A young cadet has been found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy. Brunetti's sorrow for the boy, so close in age to his own son, is rivaled only by his contempt for a community that is more concerned with protecting the reputation of the school, and its privileged students, than this tragedy. As Brunetti pursues his inquiry, he is faced with a wall of silence. Is the military protecting its own? And what of the other witnesses? Is this the natural reluctance of Italians to involve themselves with the authorities, or is Brunetti facing a conspiracy far greater than this one death?
About face by Donna Leon ( Book )
33 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A socialite asks Guido Brunetti to investigate a murder that happened in the underworld surrounding southern Italy's garbage dumping grounds
Through a glass darkly by Donna Leon ( Book )
47 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
After coming to the aid of Vianello's old friend, Ribetti, arrested during an environmental protest, Commissario Brunetti becomes concerned about Ribetti's father-in-law, Giovanni De Cal, a nasty factory owner heard making threats against his son-in law
A question of belief by Donna Leon ( Book )
33 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Under the stifling summer sun, Venice is flooded with tourism. Commissario Guido Brunetti is planning the perfect mountain vacation where he can catch up on his reading. However, before he can go, an old friend has him look into a court corruption case. As he probes deeper, Commissario Brunetti quickly becomes embroiled in a shocking murder case that is linked to his own investigation
Drawing conclusions by Donna Leon ( Book )
32 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 2,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Commissario Guido Brunetti, with the help of Inspector Lorenzo Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra Zorzi, investigates the death of a Venetian widow in a Spartan apartment on Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio
Beastly things by Donna Leon ( Book )
29 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can't show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: it turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease. With Inspector Vianello, Brunetti canvasses shoe stores, and winds up on the mainland in Mestre, outside of his usual sphere. From a shopkeeper, they learn that the man had a kindly way with animals. At the same time, animal rights and meat consumption are quickly becoming preoccupying issues at the Venice Questura, and in Brunetti's home, where conversation at family meals offer a window into the joys and conflicts of Italian life. Perhaps with the help of Signorina Elettra, Brunetti and Vianello can identify the man and understand why someone wanted him dead
Blood from a stone by Donna Leon ( Book )
43 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a mystery that offers an unexpected take on life in contemporary Venice, Commissario Guido Brunetti plunges into the Venetian underworld of illegal African immigrants as he investigates the killing of a street vendor
The golden egg by Donna Leon ( Book )
22 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 2,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At the request of his wife, Commissario Brunetti looks into the death of a deaf, mentally disabled man who worked at their dry-cleaners and uncovers a mystery when the man left no official records and his mother is reluctant to speak to him
The girl of his dreams by Donna Leon ( Book )
26 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One cold and rainy morning, the body of a gypsy is found floating in a canal. Brunetti suspects she fell off a nearby roof while fleeing an apartment she had robbed--but something about the case continues to haunt him
Suffer the little children by Donna Leon ( Book )
42 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
Doctored evidence by Donna Leon ( Book )
30 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Venetian police detective Guido Brunetti investigates when a Romanian housekeeper is falsely accused of murdering her employer
Acqua alta by Donna Leon ( Book )
89 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Venetian detective Guido Brunetti swings into action when the curator of Venice's most prestigious museum turns up dead, bludgeoned by a priceless artifact, and an American archaeologist and close friend narrowly escapes the killer
The jewels of paradise by Donna Leon ( Book )
21 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she's had to leave home to pursue her career. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Manchester, England. Manchester, however, is no Venice. When Caterina gets word of a position back home, she jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one. After nearly three centuries, two locked trunks, believed to contain the papers of a baroque composer have been discovered. Deeply-connected in religious and political circles, the composer died childless; now two Venetians, descendants of his cousins, each claim inheritance. Caterina's job is to examine any enclosed papers to discover the "testamentary disposition" of the composer. But when her research takes her in unexpected directions she begins to wonder just what secrets these trunks may hold
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon ( Book )
57 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 1,751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Investigating the poisoning death of a world-renowned conductor, vice-commissario Guido Brunetti of Venice sifts through the dead man's many enemies, uncovering a life of depravity and revenge that makes Brunetti question his own morals
By its cover by Donna Leon ( Book )
11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: the culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem--the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist. As the investigation proceeds, the suspects multiply. And when a seemingly harmless theologian, who had spent years reading at the library turns up brutally murdered, Brunetti must question his expectations about what makes a man innocent, or guilty
Death in a strange country by Donna Leon ( Book )
42 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Aggressively investigating an American's murder in tranquil Venice despite his superior's order to keep things clean and quiet, Commissario Guido Brunetti finds himself knee-deep in a toxic waste cover-up with political ties
A noble radiance by Donna Leon ( Book )
36 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An unassuming uninhabited farmhouse in the Italian countryside delivers up its gruesome secret when its overgrown grounds are cleared for the first time in decades. What is left of the decomposing body is of little help to the urgently summoned Brunetti...until a distinctively valuable signet ring, found nearby, links the mangled remains to a kidnapped scion of Venetian aristocracy
A sea of troubles by Donna Leon ( Book )
35 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When Commissario Brunetti investigates the murder of two local fishermen on the island of Pellestrina, the small community closes ranks, forcing him to accept Signorina Elettra's offer to visit her relatives there to search for clues. Though loyal to his beloved wife, Paola, he must admit that less-than-platonic emotions underlie his concern for his boss's beautiful secretary
Through a glass, darkly [a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery] by Donna Leon ( Recording )
37 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A watchman at a glass factory in Venice is killed, and a copy of Dante's Inferno found at the scene may contain the evidence Brunetti needs to solve the murder
Blood from a stone by Donna Leon ( Recording )
31 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. the closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death--fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Commissario Brunetti's response is that of everybody involved: Why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant? Once Brunetti begins to investigate this unfamiliar Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake. Warned by Patta, his supervisor, to resist further involvement in the case, how far will Brunetti be able to penetrate the murky subculture of Venice's illegal community?
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Alternative Names
Donna Leon (Sprecher
Leona, Donna 1942-
Philipp Schepmann)
Леон, Донна
レオン, ダナ
レオン, ドナ
レオン, ドナ・M
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