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This is a police procedural translated from the Italian. He writes letters to himself that help the reader My third Inspector Montalbano mystery. He writes letters to himself that help the reader follow the twists and turns of the case. He hates bureaucracy and likes pulling the chain of his idiot superiors as much as they like pulling his.
His underlings speak dialect that sounds almost like a Sicilian Brooklyn accent that can get annoying at times. Montalbano finds what looks like a great place for the younger couple with a young boy but it is soon invaded by roaches, then mice, then spiders. The couple starts to believe that the house is cursed. Then their boy disappears after sliding down a hole into a hidden basement apartment.
Montalbano find the missing boy and is momentarily the hero until he announces that there is a trunk down there with a decomposed body in it! Needless to say, their vacation ends. The body is that of a year old girl who went missing six years ago.
The hidden basement is simply the way things were done in Sicily — building a big home with a buried basement saves time and money due to complex building codes, permits and taxes. The construction crew, the foreman, the mafia-affiliated contractor all become suspects. All are reluctantly dragged in for interviews, one by one, by Montalbano and his crew. Meanwhile, while toying with the mafia-affiliated contractor, Montalbano becomes suspicious of a death in an unrelated case.
It looks like an Arab construction worker, an illegal immigrant, fell off an unprotected scaffold at a work site and the crew covered up their responsibility in his death by installing railings after the fact and dousing his clothing with alcohol to make it appear he was drunk.
It turns out that the deceased girl had a twin sister. Is this simply the fantasy of a year old man? Or the author, 81 at the time this book was written. But it turns out that her pursuit of the Inspector is tied in with the plot and provides a surprising and shocking twist at the end of the book.
A good story with a lot of local color of Sicily. And you have to love the mouth-watering food scattered throughout the book: antipasto di mare; passuluna olives, calamari salad and pappanozza spiced onions and potatoes in a mash , and fine wines.
There are sites featuring recipes from the Montalbano series on both Wordpress and Pinterest The author just died this year at age He was best known for this Inspector Montalbano series, I think twenty-six in all, although some of the most recent ones do not yet appear to have been translated into English. The stories were made into a popular TV series in Italy. His hometown, featured under a fictitious name in his novels, has officially appended that name to attract tourists.
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