“ The lore and mystique of male transvestite lifestyles in Florence. . . . The marshal takes the case that no one wants, a situation underscoring the novel’s theme of unloved and troubled children.”—Publishers Weekly
“Among the genre’s most appealing cops.”—Booklist
“Surpasses the best of Simenon.”—Kirkus Reviews
The marshal must leave his snug world at the Pitti Palace to seek a criminal in the shadowy haunts of prostitutes, pimps, and tricks. No one believes that he can navigate in this milieu, much less identify a killer, but once again he confounds their expectations.