This is book number 4 in the Special Agent Ana Grey series.
Special Agent Ana Grey is on leave from the FBI when she's asked to befriend (spy on) an unknown half -sister whose husband is suspected of having underworld contacts in the Siena, Italy where they live. Complications ensue.An engrossing and well written mystery. Smith's best in years. — Sarah Knight
On leave in London, the intense, indefatigable Grey witnesses a drive-by shooting that leads her to Siena, Italy. A fast-paced, colorful summer read that includes exciting scenes during the Palio, the traditional violent horse race among rival sections of Siena, run on the main plaza since the 17th century. — Louise Jones
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
MEMORANDUM [TRUSTED AGENTS ONLY]
TO: SAC Robert Galloway, Los Angeles Field Office
FROM: Special Agent Dennis Rizzio, FBI LEGAT, Rome
SUBJECT: Special Agent ANA GREY
LOCATION: Siena, Italy
TARGET: NICOLI NICOSA, head of successful coffee import business. Suspected mafia involvement.
CONTACT: CECILIA MARIA NICOSA, wife of Nicoli Nicosa. Popular socialite. Claims to be Special Agent Grey’s sister.
THE MISSION: Special Agent Grey to make close contact with Cecilia Maria Nicosa. Penetrate family. Investigate disappearance of mafia operative, LUCIA VINCENZA, Nicosa’s mistress. Gather intelligence on Nicosa’s possible ties to cocaine trafficking.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Special Agent Grey will arrive during Il Palio, a famous horse race and time of high tension in the city. Violent outbreaks among rival contradas (neighborhoods) are common.
WARNING: THE SOUTHERN MAFIAS HAVE BEEN MAKING STRONG INROADS IN THIS PART OF ITALY. MANY ENEMIES GO “WHITE SHOTGUN.” THEY DISAPPEAR.
UPDATE: Cecilia Maria Nicosa has been kidnapped and their sixteen year-old son, Giovanni, severely beaten. Nicoli Nicosa suspicious of FBI involvement. Special Agent Grey to exercise extreme caution.