As protagonists go, you’d be hard pressed to find one more disagreeable, brooding, and on the mark than Andrea Camilleri’s, Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Set in Sicily, Inspector Montalbano unravels an odd supermarket heist with the goods left abandoned in plain sight and dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. But what he finds there leaves him scratching his head, the bodies of two very young lovers dead since World War II, and carefully arranged with coins, a water jug, and a faithful terra-cotta dog. What Montalbano lacks in warmth and charm can only be topped by his dry humor and the interesting characters that surround him. This is the second in the Montalbano series.
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