The title refers not to Katherine Anne Porter but to snippets culled from a 15th-century manuscript and used by a terrorist cell, the Judgment Day group, to scare off impending mergers of megalithic international companies. And if the words aren’t daunting enough, there are always explosives: they kill 16 directors of Germany’s giant chemical companies, Chemex AG and Interdrug AG, which are contemplating a merger. Slowly but surely, other directors are eliminated, and when the case is farmed out to Rome’s one-legged Inspector Anders and Detective Matucci, now assigned to Interpol’s National Crime Bureau, they must battle not only the terrorists but competing European police jurisdictions as they hop from Strasbourg to Lyon to Frankfurt to Brussels. Swans are decapitated, statues are vandalized, and CEOs find that being sequestered in supposedly impenetrable rooms offers no protection from Judgment Day. Anders, meanwhile, consults Professor Lestang about his arcane knowledge of mesmerism and relies on a handsome librarian for her technical research. Conspiracies, chicanery, and distrust among politicians abound, but Anders and Matucci prevail with the help of perseverance and a well-aimed Beretta.
A vade mecum to political infighting as thoughtfully impressive as the series debut, The Wooden Leg of Inpector Anders (2001).