While swimming along the Sicilian shore, Inspector Montalbano discovers a corpse. His pursuit of the cause of death intersects with the inquiry into a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a young boy who may have been victimized by human traffickers.
The buying and selling of immigrant children, for slave labor, sex, and as a source of illegal organ transplants, is part of the evil underside of the opening of Europe's borders. That, combined with frustration with his department's repressive handling of security for the G-8 summit in Genoa and the corruption among his superiors and the politicians behind them, makes setting anything right seem like an exercise in futility.
Montalbano alternates between despair and steely resolve. When he realizes that he may have inadvertently aided the boy's victimizers, his internal turmoil intensifies.
Solve another mystery with Inspector Montalbano.
©2003 Sellerio Editore; Translation copyright 2006 by Stephen Sartarelli (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Montalbano is a delightful creature.” (USA Today)
“Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator.” (Washington Post)
Imagine running into a dead body while you are swimming, and then having the mental and physical fortitude to drag it back to shore. That's how the story starts. Imagine where it ends.
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