As he investigates, Brunetti begins to uncover a story of infertility, desperation, and an underworld in which babies can be bought for cash. Meanwhile, Inspector Vianello has uncovered a money-making scam between pharmacists and doctors in the city. But one of the pharmacists is motivated by more than thoughts of gain - the power of knowledge and delusions of moral rectitude can be as destructive and powerful as love of money. And certain information about one's neighbours can lead to all kinds of corruption and all sorts of pain.
Donna Leon's new novel, set in a beautifully-realised Venice, seething with small-town malice, is as subtle and gripping as ever.
©2007 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich; (P) Random House
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