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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.

Critic Reviews

"Sublime and darkly humorous....Camilleri balances his hero's personal and professional challenges perfectly and leaves the reader eager for more." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Lawrence
  • Birmingham, AL, United States
  • 07-28-11

This one review does it all for me.

Camilleri is wonderful, so understated, such humor, such a fun introduction to Sicily. Buy this, buy all of them.

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Amazing translation!

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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