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The wonderful new Commissario Brunetti mystery, from the Silver Dagger winner Donna Leon.

The quiet of the Venetian night is shattered as a band of armed men smash their way into Dr Gustavo Pedrolli’s apartment, fracture his skull and grab his eighteen-month-old baby. And when Commissario Guido Brunetti, pulled from his bed by the news, arrives at the hospital to investigate, no one knows why the eminent paediatrician has suffered such a violent assault.

But soon Brunetti begins to uncover a story of infertility, desperation, and an underworld where babies can be bought for cash – linked with a money-making scam between pharmacists and doctors in the city. And knowledge can be as destructive as greed – certain information about one’s neighbours can lead to all kinds of corruption and all sorts of pain.


Donna Leon is keeping up an astonishingly high standard ... she achieves a perfect blend of characters, place, mystery and social issues. Her sixteenth Brunetti novel is also one of her best.

The Times

Leon builds her plot meticulously. [She] has her finger on the pulse


Suffer the Little Children is Donna Leon at her best, deftly mixing Commissario Guido Brunetti's detective work with perceptive awareness of social issues.

The Times

Leon tackles this difficult issue sensitively, without stinting on mouth-watering descriptions of Venice.

Daily Telegraph

As ever, Leon writes with an insider's knowledge of Venice, expertly navigating its complex geography.

Sunday Times

Summarizing Leon's plot, like telling the story of an opera, cannot do justice to the subtlety, drama and narrative skill that keep us turning the pages, wondering until the end how she will manage to tie up so many loose ends ... [and] Leon's fans who use Brunetti as an insider's guide to Venice will not be disappointed.


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  • Suffer the Little Children
    Donna Leon



    May 1, 2009


    352 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook


    June 1, 2010

    Cornerstone Digital

    352 pages

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