Inspector Anders of the Rome Police force became a national hero when he closed down an anarchist group ten years ago. But in the action he lost a leg - and his nerve. Since then he has made his moral compromises with the corruption of the Italian state. Now he has been given one last job before early retirement: to close an inquiry into the murder of a respected judge in southern Italy.
Born in 1935, Marshall Browne served as a commando in the Australian forces, and as a paratrooper in the British forces before becoming a merchant banker. He has lived in Hong Kong, London and Bhutan, but now calls Melbourne home.