The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri
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Set in Sicily
(Sicilia)
 ©1996
English Translation ©2003
 
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Andrea Camilleri

The Inspector Salvo Montalbano Mystery Series

The Snack Thief
(Il ladro di merendine)

(Translated from the Italian by Stephen Sartarelli)

JACKET NOTES:  Never has Inspector Montalbano's signature mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, earthiness, and love of good food been more compelling than in The Snack Thief.
When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Montalbano, with his keen insight into human nature, suspects the link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished housecleaner and sometime prostitute, whose young son is caught stealing other schoolchildren's midmorning snacks. But when Karima disappears, the young snack thief's life-as well as his own-is endangered when Montalbano exposes a viper's nest of government and international intrigue.
(© Viking Books)