The city has secrets kept in the shadows. Venice, 16th century. The staggering wealth of Venice contrasts the brutal lives of those in the ghetto. Opportunistic merchants arrive to make their fortune. Deception, malice and perversion thrive, leading to the emergence of a dark society: The Wolves of Venice. Drawn into the Wolves' plots are the innocents ? including Marco Gianetti, assistant to Tintoretto; Ira Tabat, a Jewish merchant; Giorgio Gabal, an artist's apprentice; and Giovanni Spoletto, the doomed castrato ? all manipulated by the likes of Pietro Aretino, the courtesan Tita Boldini and the spy Adamo Baptista. The lives of these characters criss-cross one another. Their destinies intermingle in a Venice corrupted by spies lingering in the shadows, working for paymasters that change allegiance with the wind. As the betrayals, murders and tragedies continue, will anyone be able to bring the Wolves of Venice to justice? Praise for Alex Connor: 'Alex Connor is a master at keeping the pace moving [and] keeps you turning the pages even though you promised yourself to put the light out fifteen minutes ago!' HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW. 'A deep knowledge of the art world is displayed by Connor ... The pace is steady with spikes of frantic action ... A marvellous twist at the end' CRIMESQUAD. 'A truly superb book ... The end is totally unexpected. Highly recommended' EURO CRIME. 'The book sped by and entertained me immensely. I will be without doubt picking up the other books by this author, finding a good thriller writer is hard, finding a great one is nigh on impossible' PARMENION BOOKS. 'Convincing characters and a fast-moving plot lift this above the pack of mystery thrillers centered on an old work of art' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.