Death and corruption in Venice

Donna Leon (2003) Uniform Justice, New York: Penguin
This is the third book in a series about the Italian police commissario Brunetti, trying to solve a case of either suicide or murder in a military school for the elitistic (or, rather, fascistic) offspring of the top brass. An honest politician (and if the political landscape of Italy is anything like it is described in this book, that is a very rare catch indeed) is under threat from people whom his investigations into military procurement practices may uncover.
The whole thing is rather formulaic, from the politicised boss, the psychologist wife, and the computer-wizard female assistant who can dig up anything by accessing, legally or not, various computer registers. The book is set in Venice, and I was a little surprised at how the police uses gondolas or their own launch to move about – but I have never been there, so I can’t vouch for the authenticity. This is Sjöwall & Wahlöö set in Italy, a bit repetitious, in fact. Not sure I’ll bother reading any more from this series.

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