Last year we discovered the wonderful American writer, Donna Leon, who has lived in Venice, Italy for decades. She creates police procedural mysteries featuring Venetian police detective, Commissario Brunetti.
We’ve been reading her books ever since we first mentioned her in this space back in December. We had no idea how well she evokes Venice – its atmosphere, its beauty, its dark side and its intriguing and interesting people (once you get off the tourist track) until we read the latest news.
Illustrating all of the qualities she describes so well is the following news story that just came out today under this headline:
The news was about a collision between a vaporetto and a gondola. One of the drivers was high on cocaine.
The photos that came with this story featured many Venetian policemen, and we could easily connect some of Leon’s fictional police officers with some of those pictured. Here’s my favorite: