⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5) I loved it
This is the second book from the Comissario Brunetti series by Donna Leon. I gave the first book in the series, Death at La Fenice, only two stars ⭐⭐ (click here if you want to know why) but this one was a whole other world so I gave this book five stars. The reason why I liked it so much is because it talks about something I wasn't aware of.
A body found floating in one of the Venice canals leads commissario Brunetti to discover an illegal landfill near Venice where toxic waste is dumped. We are explained how ships loaded with toxic waste are sent from Europe to poor countries like India or Somalia whose governments receive money for burning or burying those toxic chemicals. But poor countries are starting to say that they are not accepting any more waste which leaves Europe with the problem of not having a place to put all their toxic waste.
In Italy it has been discovered that the Italian government has been paying organized crime groups (or mafia) to deal with toxic waste. The way the mafia "takes care" of the problem is concerning. Usually, they dump all these hazardous materials in illegal landfills or they load vessels with them and sink them in the ocean. It has been shown that the dumping of chemicals in uncontrolled landfills or in the ocean is creating health and environmental problems such as cancer or water and soil contamination.
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