The day gets off to a bad start for Montalbano: intervening to break up a fight on Marinella beach he hits the wrong man, then he is mistaken for one of the aggressors and stopped by the Carabinieri. To top it all, he hears that Adelina has mistaken a gentleman for a burglar and hit him on the head with a frying pan…
When he finally reaches his office the inspector learns about a strange abduction: a woman has been seized in a lonely street, drugged, and released unharmed a few hours later. The same thing happens a few days later; this time the woman abducted is the niece of Enzo, the owner of Montalbano’s favourite trattoria. The only link between the two abductions is the age of the two women, 30, and the fact that they both work in a bank. Alongside this investigation he has to deal with a case of arson: a shop that sells household appliances is burned down, and its owner, Marcello Di Carlo, seems to have vanished into thin air: has he run off with his lover after a holiday in the Canary Islands, disappeared to get away from his creditors, or been murdered by the mafia for not paying their protection money? At first sight this seems like a trivial case, but a third abduction – yet again of a girl who works in a bank – and the finding of a body open up new scenarios. Whose body is it? And where has Di Carlo’s secret lover gone?
Although the inspector feels that he is getting old, by relying on his intuitions and his ability to think out of the box, he remains clear-sighted and, ignoring the obvious solution – never trust appearances – arrives at the truth, thanks to his inexorable logic, and above all to his ability, enhanced by those advancing years, to understand motives and feelings.
He made his debut as a theater director, in Rome, in 1953.
He subsequently worked as a producer and scriptwriter and as a director for RAI radio and television. He also taught Actor Directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and theatre directing at the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica Silvio d’Amico for fifteen years.
He published his first novel in 1978 and has never stopped writing since. He has published more more than 90 volumes: historical novels, political essays, and crime novels, including the celebrated Commissario Montalbano series. His books have sold almost 25 million copies in Italy and 15 million copies abroad, and have been translated into into 33 languages.
The Commissario Montalbano tv series has been broadcasted in more than 60 countries.
He writes for many Italian and foreign newspapers and has won numerous literary awards in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.