Author(s): Donna Leon
"Early one morning Guido Brunetti, Commissario of the Venice Police, confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid Venetian canal. All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti, robbery seems altogether too convenient a motive. Then something very incriminating is discovered in the dead man's flat something which points to the existence of a high-level cabal and Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody, somewhere, is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime ..."
The second novel to feature Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon's much-loved Commissario of the Venice Police. 20030723
Donna Leon has lived in Venice for many years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Through a Glass, Darkly, Suffer the Little Children, and most recently, The Girl of His Dreams.