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By Andrea Camilleri

The most up-to-date secret in Andrea Camilleri's across the world bestselling Inspector Montalbano series

With their darkish sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri's vintage crime novels proceed to win progressively more lovers in the US. the newest installment of the preferred secret sequence reveals the moody Inspector Montalbano additional beset by means of the existential questions which were plaguing him of past due. yet he does not have a lot time to wax philosophical ahead of the ugly homicide of a man-shot at point-blank variety within the face together with his pants down-commands his cognizance. upload evasive, appealing ladies as major suspects, a few soiled cocaine, mysterious laptop codes, and a chain of threatening letters, and issues quickly get very advanced on the police headquarters in Vigàta.

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I’m busy until eventually one o’clock, Inspector. if you'd like, lets meet this afternoon. ” “I can make it this night. yet will your husband be there? ” “I already instructed you that’s now not an issue. At any cost, he’s coming again this night. pay attention. i've got an concept. Why don’t you invite me out to dinner? ” They agreed at the time and position. the second one name was once for Michela Pardo. “I’m sorry, Inspector, i used to be simply on my method out. i need to visit Montelusa to determine pass judgement on Tommaseo. thankfully, my aunt was once able…What is it? ” “Do you recognize Fanara? ” “The city? certain. ” “Do you recognize who lives at through Libertà eighty two? ” Silence, no solution. “Hello, Michela? ” “Yes, I’m right here. It’s simply that you just took me by means of surprise…Yes, i do know who lives at eighty two through Libertà. ” “Tell me. ” “My aunt Anna, my mother’s different sister. She’s paralyzed. Angelo is—was—very with regards to her. every time he went to Fanara, he constantly dropped in to determine her. yet how did you know—” “Routine research, I guarantee you. certainly i've got many different issues to invite you. ” “You may perhaps come through this afternoon. ” “I have a gathering with the commissioner. the next day to come morning, if that’s okay with you. ” He dashed out of the workplace, bought within the motor vehicle, and drove off. He determined he had to have one other examine Angelo’s condominium. Why? simply because. intuition demanded it. contained in the entrance door, he climbed the silent staircase of the useless condominium and carefully opened, with no sound, the door to Angelo’s flat, terrified that His Majesty Victor Emmanuel III could burst out of his house with a dagger in his hand and stab him within the again. He headed to the learn, sat down in the back of the table, and commenced to imagine. As ordinary, he sensed that anything didn’t tally yet couldn’t convey it into concentration. So he bought up and began jogging round the residence and fussing approximately in each one room. At one aspect he even opened the shutter to the balcony off the lounge and went outdoor. on the street correct in entrance of the construction, a convertible had stopped, and youth, a boy and a woman, have been kissing. that they had the radio—or no matter what it was—at complete quantity. Montalbano leapt backwards. no longer simply because he was once scandalized by way of what he observed, yet simply because he eventually understood why he’d felt the necessity to go back to the residence. He went again to the examine, sat down, sought for the fitting key in Angelo’s set, positioned it within the lock to the center drawer, opened this, took out the little publication entitled the main attractive Italian Songs of All Time, and began leafing via it. “Pale little girl, candy fifth-floor neighbor / From around the way…” “Today the carriage could seem / a wierd relic from the olden days…” “Don’t disregard those phrases of mine / Little lady, you don’t recognize what love is…” all of the songs dated again to the 40's and fifties. He, Montalbano, most likely wasn’t even born while humans have been making a song these songs to themselves. And, extra importantly—or so it appeared to him—they had not anything to do with the CDs within the Mercedes, which all had rock track. eight there have been numbers written within the slim white margin on each one web page of the book.

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