It’s the night of 12 November 2019.
The worst flooding in 50 years hits the city of Venice.
85% of La Serenissima is underwater.
Gale force winds roar across the lagoon and along the narrow streets.
And the body of Dr Jennifer Whiteread- a young British art historian, specialising in the depiction of angels in Venetian painting – is found floating in a flooded antique bookshop on the Street of the Assassins.
As the local police struggle to restore order to a city on its knees, Nathan Sutherland – under pressure from the British Ambassador and distraught relatives – sets out into the dark and rain-swept streets in an attempt to discover the truth behind Whiteread’s death.
The trail leads to the “Markham Foundation”, a recent and welcome addition to the list of charities working to preserve the ancient city.
Charming, handsome and very, very rich, Giles Markham is a well-known and popular figure in the highest Venetian social circles, and has the ear of both the Mayor and the Patriarch.
But a man with powerful friends may also have powerful enemies.
And Nathan is about to learn that, in Venice at least, angels come in many forms – merciful, fallen and vengeful…
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