Donna Leon


Born in New Jersey, Donna Leon has lived for more than twenty years in Venice, where all her stories are set. Commissario Burnetti’s investigations have delighted millions of readers around the world and have all been published in France by Calmann-Lévy.

Autobiography for Quais du Polar

My name is Donna Leon, and I’m an opera-crazy. For twenty years, I’ve been involved with opera orchestras, currently with Il Pomo d’Oro, which will perform Handel’s Rodelinda in Paris on 23 January 2017. To support this habit, I write crime novels.

Crime favourites

book : The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler.

movie : I don’t have a favourite film noir because I never go to the cinema. How about Bambi? After all, his mother was murdered.

authorRaymond Chandler.