Be it admitted it's a long way, 500 odd pages, before Messrs. Fruttero and Lucentini put an end to this really massive dossier on a case which takes place in the ""masked city"" of Turin although in a more than capable, in fact sleek, fashion they keep it moving -- not so much via incidents as the agenda which any murder investigation entails. The facts are simple enough if not as simple as they appear: Garrone, an architect, a corrupt arriviste, hasn't gotten very far before he comes to nothing -- killed with a blunt instrument which turns out to be a stone phallus. Suspects are few: perhaps the sexually pliable Anna Carla; or perhaps an anomalous homosexual Massimo Campi while a second victim, also a homosexual, confirms the unhealthy aura of kink surrounding the proceedings. The double authorship is an imperceptible collaboration and the book, almost a larger than life procedural incorporating the whole unruly underside of the city, has been very popular in Italy. If you have the time to devote to it, it's as light as Campari.