A lorry crashes on one of the treacherous bends in the Italian Dolomites, spilling a terrible cargo . . . A prominent international layer is found dead in the carriage of an intercity train at Saint Lucia . . . Can the two tragedies possibly be connected? Commissario Guido Brunetti digs deep into the secret lives of the once great and good for the answer.
For in a seedy Venetian bar lies the clue to an evil crime network reaching far beyond the laguna.
But it will take another violent death in Venice before the forces of justice can even begin to proceed . . .
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/01/2012
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781447201649
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Review by abbottthomas
This is a black-hearted book despite the expected pleasures of Brunetti's home life, family relationships and long, boozy lunches, not to mention the crumbling charm of largely car-free Venice. Three very professional murders of rich and influential men lead into the real, and truly awful, crime at the centre of the story. On top of that is laid the author's recurring distaste for the pervasive corruption she perceives in the upper levels of the Italian establishment. The rich and influential can get away with anything but the uncertain ethics even rub off on the good guys as can be seen in the ease with which Brunetti gets confidential information from a doctor and detailed lists of suspects' phone calls from an unofficial source. In this context Signorina Elettra is an inspired creation, a <I>deus ex machina</I> who, with her wide circle of acquaintances and her computer, comes up with answers to questions, which would normally take days of dogged police work, over her lunch break.As with others of the series, thoroughly recommended.