The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri
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Set in Sicily
(Sicilia)
 ©1996
English Translation ©2002
 
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Andrea Camilleri

The Inspector Salvo Montalbano Mystery Series

The Terra-Cotta Dog
(Il cane di terracotta)

(Translated from the Italian by Stephen Sartarelli)

JACKET NOTES:  Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Salvo Montalbano has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic, engaging take on Sicilian life and his genius for deciphering the most enigmatic of crimes.

The Terra-cotta Dog opens with a mysterious tete-a-tete with a mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead Inspector Montalbano to a secret grotto in a mountain cave where two young lovers, dead fifty years and still embracing, are watched over by a life-size terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him, heedless of personal danger, on a journey through the island's past and into a family's dark heart amid the horrors of World War II.

With sly wit and a keen understanding of human nature, Montalbano is a detective whose earthiness, compassion, and intelligence make him totally irresistible.
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