Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As Zen is drawn deeper into the complex and ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.
Inspector Zen has a problem: an impossible murder, recorded on the closed-circuit video of Oscar Burolo's top-security Sardinian fortress. As Zen gets to work, he is once again plunged into a menacing and violent world where his own life is soon at risk.
CRIME & MYSTERY. After his adventures in Cosi Fan Tutti, Aurelio Zen finds himself back in Rome, sneezing in a damp wine cellar and being given another unorthodox assignment - to release the jailed scion of an important wine-growing family.
Hiding out at a Tuscan resort following months of recuperation from wounds received in a car bombing, Aurelio Zen is waiting to testify at an imminent Mafia trial, but with people around him dropping dead, the targets of hitmen after him, Zen heads back into action to stop the killers.
While on a routine assignment in the remote region of Calabria, police detective Aurelio Zen is drawn into two suspicious cases involving the disappearance of an advance scout for an American film company and a hunt for buried treasure.