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Property of Blood, by Nabb, Magdalen. Soho Press: New York, 2001. Edition: First edition in English. ISBN: 1569472513. Hardcover, 5.25 by 7.75 inches, 252 pages. Black cloth spine, beige paper-covered boards; copper lettering on spine. First published in German under the title ALTA MODA.
Condition: Fine in a Near Fine jacket. Jacket has a small amount of rubbing on back.
Contents: A Marshal Guarnaccia Investigation. From the jacket
Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia, a Sicilian officer of the carabinieri stations in Florence, is faced with the horrendous kidnapping for ransom of a lovely Contessa.
Olivia, an American-born model, married Count Ugo Brunamonti, a feckless, soon impoverished aristocrat. After his death, she supported her children -- Leonardo and Caterina -- by starting a fashion house which has prospered. When she is kidnapped, the crime is reported to Marshal Guarnaccia by her daughter, who may have been the intended victim.
Kidnapping is almost a second business for the Sardinians nominally engaged in raising sheep in the Tuscan hills. They inhabit a vast wilderness where a victim can be hidden away forever, and where those searching for her will be quickly spotted. The government's official policy is not to permit the payment of ransom. But if the money isn't paid, the kidnappers cannot let their victim go free. It would set a bad example.
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