Suffer the Little Children – Donna Leon

Commissario Guido Brunetti is called upon to investigate a night time botched house arrest-cum-attack by three Carabinieri, which has left a local revered doctor in hospital, his 18 month old son is taken into care and his wife, daughter of a Venetian oligarch strangely unconcerned.

As events unfold we discover the despairing and desperate world of infertility clinics and illegal adoption, the lengths to which the rich and powerful will go to satisfy their own desires, and pharmacists playing god.