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In the Summer of 1959, the body of a visiting Italian businessman is found in Malta’s famous “Silent City”, officially known as Mdina. The apparent cause of death is trauma to the neck and the deceased’s friend is soon arrested, but foul play is suspected by a member of Malta’s local constabulary and by the doctor in charge of the autopsy.
Malta being a British province, Detective Superintendent Roderick Urquhart, who works for Special Investigations Branch of the Royal Military Police, is summoned.
What unravels is not only a plot to commit murder in order to cover up a war crime committed in Sicily during the Second World War but also an attempt to cover up the real murderer by pinning the crime on an innocent man.