The Terracotta Dog
Translated by Stephen Sartarelli
Set in Sicily, The Terracotta Dog is the second novel in the humorous Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri.
*Adapted for BBC4's Inspector Montalbano series*
After a cloak and dagger exchange with an ageing Mafioso, Inspector Montalbano is left haunted by the man’s dying words, which lead him to a mountainside just west of Vigàta where he unearths two young lovers, dead fifty years and still embracing, watched over by a life-size terracotta dog.
Heedless of personal danger, Montalbano’s drive to solve this old crime forces him on a journey through Sicily’s World War II history and to the dark heart of one family . . .
The Terracotta Dog is followed by the third title in this satirical series, The Snack Thief.
Montalbano's colleagues, chance encounters, Sicilian mores, even the contents of his fridge are described with the wit and gusto that make this narrator the best company in crime fiction today
Among the most exquisitely crafted pieces of crime writing available today . . . Simply superb
One of fiction's greatest detectives and Camilleri is one of Europe's greatest crime writers