Personal clashes with professional for Michele Ferrara in his second case...
In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered, lying by the edge of the woods. The local police investigate the case-but after a week, they still haven t even identified her, let alone got to the bottom of how she died.
Frustrated by the lack of progress, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence s elite Squadra Mobile, decides to step in. Because toxins were discovered in the girl s body, many assumed that she died of a self-inflicted drugs overdose. But Ferrara quickly realises that the truth is darker than that: he believes that the girl was murdered.
And when he delves deeper, there are many aspects to the case that convince Ferrara that the girl s death is part of a sinister conspiracy-a conspiracy that has its roots in the very foundations of Tuscan society...
Michele Guittari's credentials are good. So it turns out is his writing, which is taut and sinewy, weaving a whodunit with grit (beware the faint-hearted) and atmosphere. This one starts in the underbelly of Florentine society, but sends tremors all the way to the top. - Australian Women's Weekly
The plot is complicated and clever...the journey is amusing, it has its moments of pain, fear, pleasure. - Canberra Times
Michele Giuttari is former head of the Florence Police Force (1995-2003), where he was responsible for re-opening the Monster of Florence case and jailing several key Mafia figures. He is now a special advisor to the interior minister in Rome, with a remit to monitor Mafia activity.