This is the second Brunetti mystery I've read, and while they are separated by two decades, the theme is the same: it doesn't matter if Brunetti discovers the dirty truth at the rotten core of Venetian society, he can't use it to further justice when old money and political power are standing in his way. While it's dark and on some levels unsatisfying, it's more true to life and explains how Leon can maintain a hero for as long as she has. But here's hoping Brunetti decides he's had enough before Leon does and blows up the center of Venice on his way out.

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