As honorary consul in Venice, Nathan Sutherland’s duties usually involve helping tourists rather than criminals. He lives quietly in the Street of Assassins with his spectacularly bad-tempered cat, translating instruction manuals and waiting for the return of his wife. When a stranger offers him a vast sum of money to look after a package his first instinct is to refuse and steer clear of the whole matter. But, unwittingly, he is drawn into a world of crime, hatred and deception. Atmospheric, charming and surprisingly exciting.