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Justice in Uniform
am 26. Mai 2004
Here we are again, a Donna Leon thriller, which ends in a solution where justice is not done although the culprits are exposed. The locale of the novel, a military academy, their teaching staff, alumnae, parents and ultimate benficiaries of the misdeeds are unmasked in their shabby nationalism, their patriotic pretense, and their unscrupulous inhumanity. Brunetti, the thinking and feeling man's commissario, his clever and not so clever assistants, Patta, the vain and inefficient vice-questore, and the understanding Paola (whose father for once does not play a part in this bitter comedy) are the same personaggi as always albeit with new nuances. Even signorina Elettra shows a classical education which once again baffles Brunetti. The climax, as we are used to, comes as an unexpected twist, unforeseeable but so much in line with the ambiente of the misdeeds (one murder, one attempted murder) that the reader is surprised he hasn't thought of it. Suspense as always, an education in Italian mores and a wealth of insights into yet another section of the Italian people expect the reader.