Venice, with its fading palazzos, its promise of sexual intrigue, and its courtless hiding places for secrets best kept hidden, is the setting for Muriel Spark's glittering new novel.
Robert arrives off-season at the Pensione Sofia to escape a complicated affair and to simplify his life. But in Venice nothing is what it seems - even the innocent Sofia has a body buried in the garden - and he's soon ensnared in a plot as intricate and ingenious as any Muriel Spark has devised. Drawn together unexpectedly by blackmail and an almost forgotten crime, a glorious rogues' gallery of characters scurry to protect themselves. But who is safe away from home, without territorial rights? In the Venice of Muriel Spark, appearances are not only deceiving but as fragile as houses built on water.
Territorial Rights is a novel of high comedy and acute observations on the way we live now. Shrewd, witty, fascinating as ever in her unique insights into human behaviour, this is Muriel Spark at her incomparable best.