Wednesday, August 5, 2009

(Not Exactly Legal) Summer Reading

Looking for a good summer read? Even (or especially) if it’s not terribly law related? Want to fall in to a book and do a little arm chair travelling?

Try Donna Leon’s police procedural series, featuring Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti. Well written and evocative, the stories feature Venice as if it were a beautiful yet flawed character. Justice, corruption, morality, mortality, architecture, and food are all grappled with in this excellent series. The list of titles, in order, can be found here.

Or try Colin Cotterill’s unusual series, set in Laos in the 1970s, featuring a rather unusual national coroner, Dr. Siri Paiboun. Communist politics, the spirit world, and wry humor? The combination works. Start with the first title, the Coroner’s Lunch.

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