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Treasure Hunt: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

Penguin. Oct. 2013. 288p. tr. from Italian by Stephen Sartarelli. ISBN 9780143122623. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780698136281. M
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OrangeReviewStarInsp. Salvo Montalbano, who lives and works in Vigata, Sicily, becomes an instant celebrity when he scales a wall, gun in hand, to capture two elderly siblings, crazed by religion, who are shooting at the people in the piazza below them as punishment for their sins. Then someone, nobody knows who, sends Montalbano a series of cryptic messages in bad verse. Farce—a pair of matching inflatable sex dolls feature in the story—turns into tragedy as the narrative progresses. A mishmash of police procedural, gothic horror story, and Keystone Kops comedy, this book has something in common with William Marshall's little-known "Yellowthread Street" series (1975–98).
VERDICT This is the 16th entry (after The Dance of the Seagull) in Camilleri's series featuring Montalbano. It's one of the best.

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