(From the publisher):
1262: When Niccolò Zuliani, Venetian entrepreneur and explorer, is down on his luck in the Crimea, he is dragged out of the gutter by Friar Alberoni. The priest wants him to be his bodyguard for an amazing journey to the court of the Mongol overlord, Kubilai Khan, in the fabled city of Xanadu, whose streets are rumoured to be paved with gold.
Zuliani jumps at the chance, but he regrets his decision when he becomes embroiled in solving the murder of Francesco Pisano, the man Alberoni was seeking. Sneaking into the Inner Palace - where discovery means instant death - he begins to unravel the threads of deceit and corruption at the heart of the Mongol Empire. Soon Niccolò Zuliani realizes that he is the one most in danger.
Original title: City of the Dead
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Asia
Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical