copyright 1965; Hardback, Doubleday & Company Publishers; Book in very good condition with very minor edge wear; no dust jacket.
In the twentieth century Duke Claudio the Falcon lived his brutal, twisted life in Ruffano. Five hundred years later the town has forgotten its violent history but have things really changed? Parallels are drawn; through murder, humiliation and outrage, to the horrifying flight of the modern Falcon.
Armino Fabbio is a courier for a tour company. While escorting a group of British and Americans (beef and barbarians as they are called in the touring business) from Florence to Naples, he gives a 10,000 lire note to a peasant woman on the steps of a church. The next day he discovers that the woman was murdered and she had no money on her. Convinced that he caused her death by giving her the large sum, he attends at the police station with two of his tour group who want to tell the police about seeing her the night before. When he views the body he believes her to be the woman who was his nurse as a young boy. He decides to return to the city in which he was raised to investigate.