›Death of an Englishman‹ introduces Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia, a Sicilian stationed in Florence. He wants to go south for Christmas to spend the holiday with his family, but he is laid up with the flu. At this awkward moment, the death of a retired Englishman is reported. Who has shot Mr. Langley-Smythe in the back? The marshal must discover the identity of the criminal and the motive for the crime before he can take the train home for the holidays.
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