Fatal Remedies (Guido Brunetti Series #8)

Fatal Remedies (Guido Brunetti Series #8)

by Donna Leon

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Fatal Remedies (Guido Brunetti Series #8) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Too many details as filler for a very complex storyline at the expense of Leon's usual compelling character building.
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thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brunetti finds his own wife in police custody after she admits to having committed an act of civil disobedience in protest of a travel agency that operates sex tours to Asian countries. It isn't long before someone involved with that travel agency is found dead. Brunetti must work through all possibilities to find the person responsible. There's plenty of action to keep the reader engaged. The uncertainties created by his wife's acts add elements of tension. A solid installment in the series.
Talbin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fatal Remedies, the eighth installment in Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti series, begins with Brunetti's wife, Paola, throwing a rock through a travel agency's window. The vandalism is an act of protest - the travel agency provides sex tours in third world countries. Paola is not arrested, but then she does it again, and there is nothing Brunetti can do to stop her arrest and his own administrative leave. But when the owner of the travel agency is found murdered with a note referencing his pedophilia, Vice-Questore Patta assigns Brunetti to the case. As usual, Brunetti focuses on learning as much about the victim and his associates as possible, eventually leading him to look into the various businesses and business associates that might have had a motive for murder.This was quite a well-paced book, and finally there was a hint that perhaps the guilty party may receive true justice. So many of Leon's books end with a sort of shrug toward the corrupt Italian legal system, so it's satisfying to think that at least one of her bad guys might get what's coming to him. Another solid installment in the series.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fatal RemediesDonna Leon8th in the Commisario Brunetti series, set in Venice, Italy.An early morning phone call from the Questura summons Brunetti to complete the arrest, for vandalism, of--Paola, his wife. She¿s thrown a rock through the window of a travel agency, protesting its knowing complicity in sex tourism to third world countries, where children are prostituted to pederasts. While in sympathy with her rage, Paola has broken the law and put Brunetti in a lose-lose situation; not only is he in a massive argument with Paula, he is put on administrative leave by Vice-Questore Patta because he refuses to either deceive his wife or make deals for her, insisting the she and she alone has to decide whether and how to settle. The whole thing becomes a media circus, a nightmare for the family.Then the owner of the travel agency is murdered, and Patta conveniently forgets that he has suspended Brunetti, giving him the case. This is one of the best in the series. Leon has taken yet another social issue--sex tourism in third world countries--and has woven an incredible discussion of the different views of the morality of action by means of the very real argument between Brunetti and Paola. There is absolutely nothing forced or preachy or phony about it, and it works like a charm, not only to illuminate the issue but to give incredible depth and intensity to the story. The plot itself is one of her best; there is an unusual amount of action in it, since Leon prefers to write character-driven, real-life stories in a small Italian city that is relatively crime-free. But the action is there, and it¿s a page-turner. The denouement is very well done, and is a surprise, a satisfying one.By this time, if you¿re a fan of Leon¿s books, you know what to expect in terms of her solid recurring characters, the authenticity of the ambience of Venice, and the way she weaves her plots. One of the strongest in the series--highly recommended.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again, Venice is beautifully rendered, but in this novel, it is the involvement of Brunetti's wife in a crime that adds a poignant sense to the story.
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