The Wings of the Sphinx

The Wings of the Sphinx

Paperback - 2009
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"You either love Andrea Camilleri or you haven't read him yet. Each novel in this wholly addictive, entirely magical series, set in Sicily and starring a detective unlike any other in crime fiction, blasts the brain like a shot of pure oxygen. Aglow with local color, packed with flint-dry wit, as fresh and clean as Mediterranean seafood -- altogether transporting. Long live Camilleri, and long live Montalbano." A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780143116608
Characteristics: 231 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sartarelli, Stephen 1954-


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Dec 22, 2015

This is another great Inspector Montalbano mystery.

A young woman is found dead. The only way to identify her is by a tattoo of a sphinx moth on her shoulder. Inspector Montalbano links her to three other young woman (with the same tattoo) recently arrived from Russia and rescued from a "life on the streets" by a benevolent charity organization. Meanwhile, his relationship with his long-time girlfriend "Livia" is on the rocks.

Lots of humor, good food, and Sicilian atmosphere in the story - just like all novels by Andrea Camilleri. I read this while on a short holiday. It is perfect for that specific purpose because of the short chapters, the easy reading, and the assurance that it'll be enjoyable.

Jan 09, 2012

This book is #11 in the Inspector Salvo Montalbano series. This one was absorbing enough that I read it in a single day, though at some points it was difficult to follow the explanations being constructed; as in the previous book in the series, the myriad food bits are relatively short and easy to skip around and the personal-life parts were more believable than has been the case with some of the earlier books in the series.


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