Inspector Montalbano Series, No 12
translated by Stephen Sartarelli
October 2010 / ISBN 9780143117933
Mystery / Police Procedural / Sicily
by Barbara Buhrer
Inspector Salvo Montalbano reported the dead carcass of a horse
lying on his beach. When the police arrive, though, there is no
carcass, only a track in the sand. Soon there are reports of stolen
race horses, a Mafia thug is murdered; the Inspector's home is vandalized.
Montalbano must take a trip to the race track to put it all together.
His investigations are complicated by his failing eyesight, his
pursuit of a decent meal, and by two beautiful women seeking his
attention. There are many twists and turns before he can solve the
case of horse stealing and race fixing with the Mafia and the uneasy
political situation putting road blocks in his way.
This is a highly entertaining novel combining suspense with a great
deal of humor and intriguing characters. The personality of Inspector
montalbano as a not-too-perfect man with problems is finely portrayed.
The atmosphere of the Sicilian country and its political problems
is intertwined with the mystery.