The Terracotta Dog

The Terracotta Dog

3.92 based on 2947 ratings | 215 reviews on Goodreads.com

The Terracotta Dog, the second book in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series, opens with a mysterious tête-à-tête with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead Inspector Montalbano to a secret grotto in a mountain cave where two young lovers dead fifty years and still embracing are watched over by a life-size terracotta 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.

Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Salvo Montalbano has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic, engaging take on Sicilian small-town life and his genius for deciphering the most enigmatic of crimes.

The Terracotta Dog is followed by the third title in this satirical and humorous series, The Snack Thief.

'The novels of Andrea Camilleri breath out the sense of place, the sense of humour, and the sense of despair that fill the air of Sicily. To read him is to be taken to that glorious, tortured island' Donna Leon

'Both farcical and endearing, Montalbano is a cross between Columbo and Chandler's Philip Marlowe, with the added culinary idiosyncrasies of an Italian Maigret' Guardian

About Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy’s most famous contemporary writers. The Inspector Montalbano series has been translated into thirty-two languages and was adapted for Italian television, screened on BBC4. The Potter’s Field, the thirteenth book in the series, was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association’s International Dagger for the best crime novel translated into English. He lives in Rome.

Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator. He is also the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Open Vault. He lives in France.

Read More

Books by Andrea Camilleri

Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories
Blade of Light
Blade of Light
Angelica's Smile
Angelica's Smile
Hunting Season
Hunting Season
The Potter's Field
The Potter's Field
Game of Mirrors
Game of Mirrors
The Treasure Hunt
The Treasure Hunt
The Brewer of Preston
The Brewer of Preston
The Age of Doubt
The Age of Doubt
The Track of Sand
The Track of Sand
The Dance Of The Seagull
The Dance Of The Seagull
Inspector Montalbano: The first three novels in the series
Inspector Montalbano: The first three novels in the series
The Wings of the Sphinx
The Wings of the Sphinx
August Heat
August Heat
The Paper Moon
The Paper Moon
The Patience of the Spider
The Patience of the Spider
Rounding the Mark
Rounding the Mark
The Scent of the Night
The Scent of the Night
Excursion to Tindari
Excursion to Tindari
The Voice of the Violin
The Voice of the Violin
The Snack Thief
The Snack Thief
The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water

Books in the Series

Blade of Light
Blade of Light
Angelica's Smile
Angelica's Smile
The Potter's Field
The Potter's Field
Game of Mirrors
Game of Mirrors
The Treasure Hunt
The Treasure Hunt
The Age of Doubt
The Age of Doubt
The Track of Sand
The Track of Sand
The Dance Of The Seagull
The Dance Of The Seagull
The Wings of the Sphinx
The Wings of the Sphinx
August Heat
August Heat
The Paper Moon
The Paper Moon
The Patience of the Spider
The Patience of the Spider
Rounding the Mark
Rounding the Mark
The Scent of the Night
The Scent of the Night
Excursion to Tindari
Excursion to Tindari
The Voice of the Violin
The Voice of the Violin
The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
The Snack Thief
The Snack Thief