Paolo Lanzotti
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“History, with Paolo Lanzotti, becomes an elegant mosaic full of mystery.” Marcello Simoni
Venice, 1753. In a frosty spring, a series of murders and disappearances strikes important members of the Venetian nobility. The affair immediately takes on the contours of a grand international plot to strike at the heart of La Serenissima. Marco Leon, a secret agent of the State Inquisition, is called in to investigate, but the stakes are very high: the new magistrates of the Inquisition are in fact determined to disband the Black Angels, the corps of secret agents who have always supported him in the investigations.
When the inquisitor most determined to eliminate the Angels, the nobilhomo Biagio Donà, suffers an assassination attempt, Leon and his men attempt to shed light on the events that are throwing the nobility of the lagoon into panic. This time the Angels will also have to fight for their own existence.
But who is behind this chain of crimes? Who may have an interest in undermining the foundations of the Republic? Is this a conspiracy against the patriciate, or is it just what they want people to believe? And again, what role does the past play in all this?
Amid disappearances and intrigue, revenge and interrogation, Paolo Lanzotti takes us back through the channels of the Serenissima in this sweeping new Venetian investigation.