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The Track of Sand
Inspector Montalbano Series, No 12
Andre Camilleri
translated by Stephen Sartarelli

Penguin Books
October 2010 / ISBN 9780143117933
Mystery / Police Procedural / Sicily

Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer

Sicilian police 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.

Reviewed 2011
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