Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks and - acutely aware of his age - he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off and only a tattoo of a sphinx moth giving any hint of her identity. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls - all victims of the underworld sex trade - who have been rescued from the Mafia night-club circuit by a prominent Catholic charity. The problem is, Montalbano's inquiries elicit an outcry from the Church and the three other girls are all missing.
ANDREA CAMILLERI is an international best-selling author. He lives in Rome.
"Sublime and darkly humorous....Camilleri balances his hero's personal and professional challenges perfectly and leaves the reader eager for more." (Publishers Weekly)
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