Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Darker Side of Italian Life

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Darker Side of Italian Life

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Byline: TJ BINYON

UNIFORM JUSTICE BY DONNA LEON(Heinemann, u15.99) WHEN the body of a pupil at Venice's elite San Martino military academy is discovered hanging from a beam in a washroom, the first question is the usual one: suicide or murder?

Suicide, say Commissario Brunetti's superiors, who would like to close the file immediately, especially since the boy's father, Dr Moro, perhaps the only honest politician in Italy, has the reputation of a troublemaker. But it is just this which arouses Brunetti's suspicions, strengthened when he learns that Moro's wife, now estranged from her husband, had been injured in a shooting accident some time previously.

Uniform Justice is Donna Leon's 12th novel about Brunetti, who long ago joined the ranks of the classic fictional detectives.

The novels themselves, however, in some ways do not fit the classic pattern.

There is little or no investigation: for all his facts, Brunetti relies on the magic computer of the delectable Signorina Elettra, who seems to be able to hack into every file south of the Alps. …

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