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The Snack Thief

An Inspector Montalbano Mystery by Andrea Camilleri

Inspector Montalbano is ridiculed by the media when he commits men and resources to try to catch a young boy who is stealing other school children’s mid morning snacks.

But as usual there is method in his apparent madness. The child’s mother has disappeared and he believes her to be a vital link between two murders.

An elderly man has been found stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler has been machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off the coast of Sicily.

Only the Inspector, with his unorthodox methods, believes the two deaths are connected.

But as usual his instincts are right and he knows that it is vital he catches the young child before someone else does.

The story is both compelling and amusing and as usual Camilleri makes the smells, colours and landscapes of Sicily come to life.

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