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. Read more...
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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."
- ISBN-13: 9780143116608
- ISBN-10: 0143116606
- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Publish Date: December 2009
- Page Count: 231
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 7.73 x 5.17 x 0.66 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.43 pounds
Series: Inspector Montalbano Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 40.
- Review Date: 2009-11-16
- Reviewer: Staff
Bestseller Camilleri's sublime and darkly humorous 11th whodunit featuring Chief Insp. Salvo Montalbano (after 2009's August Heat) finds the 56-year-old Sicilian policeman in the midst of a serious crisis with his significant other, Livia. Montalbano is uncertain what he can and should do to repair the rift that has developed between them. Meanwhile, the inspector must tackle a difficult case—the gunshot murder of an attractive young woman whose nude body was left in a dump. As Montalbano and his team first attempt to identify the victim based on a butterfly tattoo on her left shoulder, they learn of a possible link to an influential Catholic charity. Soon they start to feel political pressure to steer the inquiry in a different direction. Camilleri balances his hero's personal and professional challenges perfectly and leaves the reader eager for more. (Jan.)