21 May 2020.
ISBN: 978-1-47213-157-7 (PB)
Now the Comandante and Daniel are investigating the death of an elderly man, Paolo Solitudine, who has been found drowned in one of the canals which run under the city’s ancient buildings. They have been asked to do this by Marta Finzi, wife of Bologna’s mayor, Carlo Manci; she tells them that Paolo had been her lover and that she is afraid of her husband whose attitude to her has changed markedly. Is that because he has been unfaithful to her and wants to be rid of her? Or could Manci have some other reason such the intention of the town council to evict a group of green activists from some land on which they are squatting where they have set up, in accordance with the best green principles, a farm? Paolo had led the protests against the eviction, and it was in a canal under that land that his body had been found? But is the answer to Paolo’s death that easy, or is it deeper in the past, connected with what were known as the Years of Lead in the 1970s, when various groups of the extreme left and the extreme right created mayhem in Italy with numerous atrocities, most notably the kidnapping and murder of the then Prime Minister Aldo Moro and the bombing of Bologna railway station resulting in numerous fatalities? After all, in their youth, Paolo, Carlo and Marta had been involved in radical leftist activities; it was only later on that their paths had diverged with Carlo and Marta going one way, Paolo another.