The assassin: a private eye arrives in Venice in search of a fugitive, but soon discovers that the city's winding waterways hold dark secrets. The golden salamander: a British archaeologist finds himself caught between a gang of North African gun-runners and the woman he loves. Snowbound: a British Army vet exposes a plot by ex-Nazis to reclaim a stash of gold bullion hidden at a ski resort. The October man: after a traumatic brain injury, a young engineer tries to repair his life. But his recovery is thwarted when a woman is found strangled and he becomes the prime suspect. They met in the dark: discharged for treason, a former Navy commander sets out to expose the espionage ring that destroyed his career.