|Formatted Contents Note:
||pt. 1. Fiction, 1918-1949 -- pt. 2. Fiction, 1949-1976 -- pt. 3. Fiction since 1976 -- pt. 4. Poetry, 1918-1949 -- pt. 5. Poetry, 1949-1976 -- pt. 6. Poetry since 1976 -- pt. 7. Essays, 1918-1949 -- pt. 8. Essays, 1949-1976 -- pt. 9. Essays since 1976.
||Beautiful, seductive and extremely dangerous, Franca Tantardini is one of Italy's most ruthless political extremists. When she is captured in a shoot-out, her fanatical young lover, Giancarlo Battestini, vows to set her free and, with quiet watchfulness, waits for the moment to strike. In Rome, a British businessman, Geoffery Harrison, has been taken hostage by a ruthless organised crime syndicate - kidnap is, after all, a growth industry. The British Government are adamant that they will not pay the two-million-dollar ransom and discharge responsibility to the Italian police. As political wrangling takes hold, Battestini sees a weakness and realises that the only way to secure the release of his beloved Franca is to capture Harrison and bargain his life for hers. The authorities are confronted with a terrible choice. Should they release a woman who has masterminded the murder of so many or let an innocent man die?