Donna Leon: Biography

Donna Leon

29 sep 1942

Donna Leon is an American author who got huge fame and recognition through her crime novels. The fictional hero that she created plays an important role in all her crime novels and is loved by her fan readers.

The hero Guido Brunetti is an efficient and intelligent police commissioner who monitors and controls all the crimes that happen in Venice. Author Donna Leon, though born in Montclair, New Jersey, lived in Venice for more than 35 years. The attachment made her to set the entire novel in Venice.

Through her novels Donna showcases the criminal activities that take place in the society. Donna started her career as a lecturer teaching English literature in the University Of Maryland College in Italy. From 1981 to 1999, she worked as a professor at the American military base of Vicenza (Italy) and as a writer.

Donna’s novels are all translated into many languages including Italian. Donna’s crime novels are all so nerve wrecking that the German television has produced 22 episodes of Commissario Brunetti. One of her novel, ‘Friends in High Places’ won the Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger in the year 2000.

No wonder Donna Leon is named as one of the Times (London) Fifty Greatest Crime Writers.