A young bureaucrat visits Guido Brunetti at home, ostensibly to discuss housing standards to his apartment; Brunetti senses that the young man actually is trying to tell
him something else. A few days later, the man's body is found dead, having fallen off a scaffolding as he was inspecting another construction site. The circumstances of death are a bit too pat and Brunetti starts to look into the matter. (He is a commissario with the Venice police.) His investigations lead him into two highly dangerous areas: drug trafficking and loan sharking. The networking of both these leads Brunetti into stonewalls and for once this honorable, incorruptable police chief has to look to his own “friends in high places” to try to get to the solution of this, one of his toughest cases. Leon is quite
adept at addressing social issues, not only of Venice and Italy, but of modern society as
well, and she does a great job.
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs