By Andrea Camilleri

The most modern 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 increasingly more enthusiasts in the USA. the most recent installment of the preferred secret sequence reveals the moody Inspector Montalbano extra beset by way of the existential questions which have been plaguing him of overdue. yet he does not have a lot time to wax philosophical sooner than 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 girls as leading suspects, a few soiled cocaine, mysterious machine codes, and a sequence of threatening letters, and issues quickly get very complex on the police headquarters in Vigàta.

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Now seated, she tugged on the housecoat with either fingers, in a useless try and disguise her thighs a bit. yet once she enable cross of the fabric, it climbed again up, worse than sooner than. “So, what’s this incredible tale approximately Angelo himself dictating the letters to you? ” “I by no means him in my automobile. between different issues, once we began seeing one another, it were a 12 months because I had a automobile. I’d had a foul coincidence that left my automobile a complete spoil. and that i didn’t have the funds for to shop for one other, no longer even a used one. the 1st of these 3 letters, the only the place I say I him to Fanara, dates from 4 months ago—you can cost the date—when Angelo hadn’t given me the hot vehicle but. yet simply to make the tale extra plausible, Angelo instructed me to jot down that he’d long past to a undeniable house—I now not take into account the address—and that I’d turn into suspicious. ” “Did he inform you who lived there? ” “Yes, an aunt of his, his mother’s sister, i believe. ” She’d recovered her nerve and used to be now herself back. yet why had the inspector’s thought so anxious her? “Let’s feel for a minute that Angelo truly did get you to write down these letters. ” “But it’s precise! ” “And for the instant I’ll think that. it appears he had you write them in order that another individual may learn them. Who? ” “His sister, Michela. ” “How are you able to be so convinced? ” “Because he informed me himself. He may set up for her one way or the other to encounter them, as though accidentally. That’s why i used to be so stunned for those who acknowledged he used to be preserving them hidden within the trunk of the Mercedes. It’s not going Michela could ever locate them there. ” “What used to be Angelo attempting to get out of Michela via having her learn the letters? What, after all, used to be the aim? Did you ask him? ” “Of path. ” “And what was once his rationalization? ” “He gave me a really silly clarification. He stated they have been purported to turn out to Michela that i used to be head over heels in love with him, instead of what she claimed. and that i pretended to be chuffed with this rationalization, simply because deep down I didn’t provide a rattling concerning the entire factor. ” “You imagine in reality there has been varied cause? ” “Yes. To get a few respiring room. ” “Could you clarify? ” “I’ll test. you spot, Inspector, Michela and Angelo have been very shut. From what i used to be capable of finding out, while their mom used to be alright, Michela could quite often sleep at her brother’s position. She may exit with him, and she or he knew normally the place he was once. She managed him. sooner or later Angelo should have acquired uninterested in this, or not less than he wanted extra freedom of stream. And so my phony yet over-leaping jealousy grew to become an outstanding alibi. It allowed him to get round with no continually having his sister in tow. He had me write the opposite letters sooner than going away on a few journeys, one to Holland, the opposite to Switzerland. They have been most likely pretexts for combating his sister from going in addition to him. ” Did this reason for writing the letters carry water? In its twisted, contorted means, like a mad alchemist’s alembic, it did. Elena’s conjecture as to the true objective proved convincing.

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