The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri
(Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)

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"The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humor, and the sense of despair that fill the air of Sicily."
-Donna Leon

Inspector Salvatore Montalbano wakes from strange dreams to find a gruesomely bludgeoned horse carcass in front of his seaside home. When his men came to investigate, the carcass has disappeared, leaving only a trail in the sand. Then his home is ransacked and the inspector is certain that the crimes are linked. As he negotiates both the glittering underworld of horseracing and the Mafia's connection to it, Montalbano is aided by his illiterate housekeeper, Adelina, and a Proustian memory of linguate fritte. Longtime fans and new readers alike will be charmed by Montalbano's blend of unorthodox methods, melancholy self-reflection, and love of good food.
 

About Andrea Camilleri

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ANDREA CAMILLERI is the bestselling author of the popular Inspector Montalbano mystery series, as well as historical novels that take place in nineteenth-century Sicily. His books have been made into Italian television shows and have been translated into seven languages. He lives in Rome. STEPHEN SARTARELLI is an award-winning translator and the author of three books of poetry.
 
Published October 26, 2010 by Penguin Books. 264 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Awakening from unpleasant dreams, Chief Inspector Montalbano discovers a dead horse lying on the beach outside his house in Marinella.

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Publishers Weekly

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At the start of bestseller Camilleri's robust 12th Inspector Montalbano mystery (after 2009's The Wings of the Sphinx), the Sicilian inspector looks out his window and sees the carcass of a horse on the beach.

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Another prominent horse owner has had a horse stolen.

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New York Journal of Books

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Since he first stepped onto the page in 1994’s The Shape of Water, Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano has faced down gunrunners, drug lords, gambling rings, and his own mortality.

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The Bookbag

The plot is still fresh – in fact this one is about as complex as any for a long while – and even when characters we know reappear it's like meeting old friends.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Inspector Montalbano finds the carcass of a horse on the beach below his home.

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Independent.ie

He eats lunch in the same restaurant every day, his housekeeper leaves a splendid dinner ready each evening and his on/off girlfriend lives in a different city.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Inspector Salvatore Montalbano discovers a dead horse on the beach outside his Sicilian home, brutally beaten to death, only to have it disappear before the authorities can recover the body, in The Track of Sand, the 12th mystery in this series by Andrea Camilleri (originally published in...

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Spinetingler Magazine

Strange dreams and perfect intuition and logic are the keys to solving a mystery in this Inspector Montalbano novel.

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BookRack

Rating : 4/5 They tell me that Camilleri is the author of best-sellers, but I was skeptical to say the least, since this book is a translation of the Italian original, and I think translations may not quite agree with me.

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Stephen Sartarelli Front Row: Paul McCartney, Inspector Montalbano The best recent crime and thrillers: April 22 Time Shift: Series 10: Italian Noir: The Story of Italian Crime Fiction The Verb: Amanda Dalton, Jennie Erdal, Emeli Sande Trending on Artswrap ...

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