The new novel in the irresistible and transporting New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series
The day gets off to a bad start for Montalbano: while trying to break up a fight on Marinella beach he hits the wrong man, and is stopped by the Carabinieri. When he finally gets to the office, the inspector learns about a strange abduction: a woman has been abducted, drugged, then released unharmed a few hours later. A few days later, the same thing happens again, but this time the woman abducted is the niece of Enzo, the owner of Montalbano's favorite trattoria. The only link between the two events is that both women work at a bank.
Alongside this investigation Montalbano has to deal with a case of arson. A shop has burned down, and its owner, Marcello Di Carlo, seems to have vanished into thin air. Has he run off with his lover after a holiday in the Canary Islands? Is he fleeing from his creditors, or was he murdered by the mafia for not paying their protection money? At first this seems like a trivial case, but a third abduction - yet again of a girl who works in a bank - and the discovery of a body brings up new questions. Whose body is it? Who is the overnight kidnapper? And where has Di Carlo's secret lover gone?
Story Locale: Sicily Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Summer 2019
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books, February 2019
Product Dimensions: 7.7 L × 5.1 W × 0.7 H
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