A sudden act of vandalism had just been committed in the chill Venetian dawn. But Commissario Guido Brunetti soon finds out that the perpetrator is no petty criminal. For the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene of the crime is none other than Paola Brunetti, his wife.
As Paola's actions provoke a crisis in the Brunetti household, Brunetti himself is under increasing pressure at work: a daring robbery with Mafia connections is linked to a suspicious death and his superiors need quick results. As his professional and personal lives clash, Brunetti's own career is under threat - and the conspiracy which Paola had risked everything to expose draws him inexorably to the brink ...
"Donna Leon has established Commissario Guido Brunetti as one of the most engaging of fictional detectives ... Brunetti is ... back on track, sadder perhaps, but wiser and wittier than ever" Sunday Times
Donna Leon, geb. 1942, verließ mit 23 Jahren New Jersey, um in Perugia und Siena weiterzustudieren. Seit 1965 lebt sie ständig im Ausland, arbeitet als Reiseleiterin in Rom, als Werbetexterin in London, an amerikanischen Schulen in der Schweiz, im Iran, in China und Saudi-Arabien. Seit 1981 lebt und arbeitet sie in Venedig.