Published in Europe in 1996 but unavailable in the United States until this edition, this tenth Marshal Guarnaccia mystery is based on a chilling real-life crime spree. The affable Marshal feels a bit out of his league when he's asked to investigate the newly re-opened case of a serial killer who targeted unmarried couples and terrorized Florence for two decades. Worse, Guarnaccia must report to a prosecutor named Simonetti, who once drove an innocent man to suicide in his blind quest for a conviction.
"The late Magdalen Nabb never wrote a bad book.... She's well worth discovering by a new generation of readers.... [This] is one of the best of her works and readers can revel in the streets, sounds, smells of Florence."—Globe and Mail (Toronto)