By Magdalen Nabb
It is only sooner than Christmas and the marshal desires to move South to spend the vacation along with his spouse and kin, yet first he needs to get over the flu (which has left the Florentine caribinieri short-handed) and likewise resolve a homicide. A likely good retired Englishman, dwelling in a flat at the through Maggio close to the Santa Trinita bridge, used to be shot within the again in the course of the evening. He was once well-connected and Scotland backyard has sent officials to "assist" the Italians in fixing the crime. however it is the marshal, a quiet observer, no longer an highbrow, who manages to determine what occurred, and why.
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He swallowed two tablets and lay back. ' His eyes were closed and his face red. ' 'You'd better get some rest, sir. ' There was no answer. So it was the Captain who sat in the Marshal's chair and questioned the cleaner while Carabiniere Bacci took notes. , to clean the entrance hall and stairs of the building and polish the brass plate and doorknobs outside. He had his own key to the gates of the courtyard because once a month he cleaned that too, but he had no key to the front door. He was always able to get in because the bank cleaners did have keys and they arrived at about the same time.
2. Police—Italy—Florence—Fiction. 3. Florence (Italy)—Fiction. I. Title. 914—dc21 2001020654 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 Although set very specifically in Florence, which it lovingly portrays, all the characters and events in this story are entirely fictitious and no resemblance is intended to any real person, either living or dead. Contents Title Page Copyright Page Part One CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 Part Two CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 4 CHAPTER 5 Part Three CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 Part One CHAPTER 1 The small office was in darkness, except where the red night lamp stood by the telephone on the desk, and the white kid gloves lying on top of a sheaf of papers within the patch of light were flushed pink.
She didn't. It couldn't have been sold, Biondini says, without his knowledge. ' 'No reply, sir. ' 'I'll send somebody—but he'll have to get on to the Protection of Patrimony group; I can't deal with it—tell him I'd like to be kept informed. Yes. Yes. ' The Captain replaced the receiver and remained silent for some moments. He didn't relish the idea of announcing to the Chief Inspector that his respectable compatriot was now suspected of being a thief, or, at least, a receiver. There was no possibility of his having bought the piece legitimately since it was registered and could not be sold, or even moved, without the approval of the State.