31st August 1969: Colonel Gadaffi seized power in Commissario Balistreri's birthplace of Libya, and his beloved mother Natalia fell to her death. Balistreri has always suspected the resulting suicide verdict to be a flagrant cover-up for her murder. Investigative journalist Linda Nardi has been investigating the Vatican Bank for its shadowy transactions. But now Linda will find her attention diverted to an equally irresistible assignment: the collapse of Colonel Gadaffi's forty-two year dictatorship. In The Memory of Evil, one woman will encounter a long-entombed truth in the rubble of Tripoli: unearthing a conspiracy neither she, nor the man it was designed to protect, will ever be able to erase from their minds.