Dressed for Death

Dressed for Death

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
An investigation into the vicious murder of a transvestite takes Venice Police Commissario Guido Brunetti on a trail that leads him into a confrontation with the highest levels of the financial world, the Italian government, and the Church

Blackwell North Amer
In this third novel in the acclaimed series featuring the suavely determined Venice police commissario Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon once again leads readers into the delights and dangers of a Venice only natives know, with the help of the city's bestloved sleuth - and unwitting hero.
On a steamy, fetid August morning - the sort that the Adriatic coast is infamous for - a male corpse in female clothing turns up outside a slaughterhouse. At first, Brunetti draws the obvious conclusion, that the corpse is that of a transvestite prostitute killed by one of his johns. When the victim is identified as the sober-sided director of the Banca di Verona, Brunetti realizes that he won't be taking his much-needed vacation after all. He turns up a link between the bank and the powerful Lega della Moralita, and when two people connected to the case die violently, Brunetti fears he may be the third but redoubles his efforts to uncover exactly what the Lega's goals are.
In Dressed for Death, Guido Brunetti faces his most potent foe yet, one with ties to the highest echelons of finance, the government, even the Church. While the tension mounts, we are treated to crystalline glimpses of Venice - at its best and worst - as seen through the singularly discerning gaze of Brunetti, devoted family man, bemused civil servant, and thoroughly irresistible sleuth.

Baker
& Taylor

An investigation into the vicious murder of a transvestite takes Venice Police Commissario Guido Brunetti on a trail that leads him into a confrontation with the highest levels of the financial world, the Italian government, and the Church.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1994.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060177959
0060177950
Branch Call Number: M LEO
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 22 cm.

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maipenrai
Dec 09, 2016

(The third book in the Guido Brunetti series)

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reading1955
Oct 21, 2016

Aka the anonymous Venetian

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DorisWaggoner
Mar 02, 2016

In Leon's third Brunetti mysteries, he and his assistant learn new things about their city, themselves, and their boss. A murder in an area frequented by prostitutes appears at first to be of a transvestite--a man wearing a red dress and new red shoes. With no ID, and his face battered beyond recognition, it takes a while to learn that he's a prominent businessman. But the transvestite label doesn't fit. This discovery leads Brunetti and his team to investigate prostitutes and confront their own feelings about sexual identity. It also leads to danger and another murder. Meantime, Lt. Patta's marital troubles threaten to hit the national tabloids. Brunetti's wife helps him understand his own reactions while they attempt to keep their children from knowing about the case. She also feeds her family wonderful meals while reading Henry James.

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jeffreyochsner
Sep 27, 2014

This series is excellent--great plots, interesting characters, and a matchless setting. Enjoy!

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meyoubou
Jun 02, 2013

I'm loving this series. Great sense of locale and Italian life.

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