Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks and - acutely aware of his age - he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off and only a tattoo of a sphinx moth giving any hint of her identity. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls - all victims of the underworld sex trade - who have been rescued from the Mafia night-club circuit by a prominent Catholic charity. The problem is, Montalbano's inquiries elicit an outcry from the Church and the three other girls are all missing.
ANDREA CAMILLERI is an international best-selling author. He lives in Rome.
©2006 by Selerio editore via Siracusa; translation 2009 by Stephen Sartarelli; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Sublime and darkly humorous....Camilleri balances his hero's personal and professional challenges perfectly and leaves the reader eager for more." (Publishers Weekly)
Camilleri is wonderful, so understated, such humor, such a fun introduction to Sicily. Buy this, buy all of them.
Both the translator and the narrator of this Italian detective story should win awards. A delightful listen with abundant humour and no slight insight into human nature.
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