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 the inspector's mysterious
tête-à-tête with a mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned
loot from a supermarket heist, and dying words that lead
him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There, in
a secret grotto, he finds a harrowing scene: two young
lovers, dead fifty years and still embracing, 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
From sly comedy at the expense of his fellow policemen to
personal soul searching that helps him enter the minds of
those he must investigate, Montalbano is a detective whose
earthiness and imagination coalesce into a unique,
unfailing appeal. AUTHORBIO: Andrea Camilleri is the author
of many books, including his Montalbano series, which has
been adapted for Italian television and translated into
German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese,
Dutch, and Swedish.
Stephen Sartarelli lives in upstate New York.