Olivia, an American-born model, married Count Ugo Brunamonti, a feckless, soon impoverished aristocrat. After his death, she supported her children by starting a fashion house which has prospered. When she is kidnapped, the crime is reported to Marshal Guarnaccia by her daughter, who may have been the intended victim.
Kidnapping is almost a second business for the Sardinians nominally engaged in raising sheep in the Tuscan hills. They inhabit a vast wilderness where a victim can be hidden away forever, and where those searching for her will be quickly spotted. The government's official policy is not to permit the payment of ransom. But if the money isn't paid, the kidnappers cannot let their victim go free. It would set a bad example.
In this case, Guarnaccia suspects another problem. Can it be that Olivia's children are unwilling to pay the ransom? Is this more than a random crime?
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"Credible, classy and compelling, this is crime fiction at its best" ( Sunday Times)
"Marshal Salva Guarnaccia...is one of the most endearing and believable creations in modern crime fiction... One of the kindest but wisest of sleuths, he is an excellent counterpoint to Nabb's sinister imagination... An eerily haunting thriller whose low-key telling makes its Jacobean plot all the more disturbing." ( Glasgow Herald)
"Guarnaccia is in some ways, perhaps, the most impressive of all fictional Italian detectives... The intrigue is absorbing, and the Florentine background brilliantly portrayed... We fans...are as fascinated by his diet as by his deductions." ( Evening Standard)
Marshal Guarnaccia is faced with the kidnapping for ransom of a beautiful American Contessa. But is the case as straightforward as it seems?
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Book Description 2005-06-02., 2005. Book Condition: New. Arrow. New Ed. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 304pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1712647
Book Description Random House UK, 2005. Taschenbuch. Book Condition: Neu. Neu Neuware, Importqualität, Versand Büchersendung - Crime fiction set in Florence; a Marshal Guarnaccia mystery.< 291 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # INF1000060937