In the eighth book in Donna Leon's internationally bestselling series, Commissario Guido Brunetti's career comes under threat as his professional and personal lives unexpectedly intersect.
It all begins with an early morning phone call. In the chill of the Venetian dawn, a sudden act of vandalism shatters the quiet of the city, and Brunetti is shocked to find that the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene is his own wife, Paola. She has taken a stand against a travel agency known for a certain kind of shady tourism. Meanwhile, at work, Brunetti is under pressure from his superiors to solve a daring robbery with a link to a suspicious accidental death. Does it all leadback to the Mafia? And how are his family's actions connected to these crimes?