Tour guide Alvise Marangon thinks he knows Venice better than ever, but now finds himself ensnared by mysteries as obscure as the city and in many cases just as old.

Certain that he is finally about to have his guide's license revoked after a tavern brawl, Alvise is instead dragooned into the service of Missier Grande, who has linked the death of one of his agents to a secret society known as the Four Horsemen. Every attempt that Missier Grande makes to investigate the matter is blocked by forces on high, and enlisting Alvise is a move of last resort—one last-ditch effort to uncover the crimes of the present in the secrets of the past before the future claims more lives.

Among the dark arcades and fetid canals of 18th century Venice, Alvise is the one who finds himself led on a tour, at any turn of which could lie a fresh corpse or an ancient conspiracy.


A special thriller set in the Venetian past - its colours and intrigues so vividly described'- Francesco da Mosto

'Alvise is a terrific character, the murder mystery is absorbingly ingenious and, if you are a sucker for Venice, the sights, sounds and smells of its streets and canals ooze up from the page'- Daily Mail

'Wonderful ... I loved being transported to my favourite time in my favourite city' - Andrea di Robilant

'Packed with drama, intrigue, action, adventure and excitement, I loved the beautiful descriptions of Venice, the gentle dry humour, the well drawn characters and the intrepid and courageous Alvise'- Jenny Itzcovitz

'Blends a laconic, amused style informed by American Detective literature with a profound knowledge of Venetian geography and history. Stylish, clever and gripping'- The Times, Historical Fiction Book of the Month