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First edition cover
|Series||Aurelio Zen series, #4|
|Genre||Crime, Mystery novel|
|Publisher||Faber and Faber|
|April 18, 1994|
|Media type||Print (Hardback, Paperback)|
|Pages||256pp (hardback) 354pp (paperback)|
|Followed by||Cosi Fan Tutti|
Moonlighting, Italian police detective Zen engineers a posting to his home town of Venice, Italy on a pretext in order to investigate the disappearance of an American millionaire on behalf of his American ex-girlfriend. He needs the extra money to set up home with his new girlfriend with room for his aged mother.
His investigations lead him into conflict with a charismatic local rising politician and a childhood friend before he discovers a shocking truth about his father. Although he actually does get to the bottom of both his overt and covert enquiries, he leaves Venice in frustration and with childhood illusions shattered.
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