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The Snack Thief

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More mysteries for Inspector Montalbano to investigate and in this third book we see slightly more of the personal side of our protagonist as his relationship with Livia develops. Still lots of food mentions to savour and if they make you peckish check out the notes at the back of the book describing some of the dishes further.

Inspector Montalbano series:
1. The Shape of Water
2. The Terra-Cotta Dog
3. The Snack Thief
4. The Voice of the Violin
5. Excursion to Tindari
6. The Scent of the Night
7. Rounding the Mark
8. The Patience of the Spider
9. The Paper Moon
10. August Heat
11. The Wings of the Sphinx

If you like Andrea Camilleri you might also like to read books by Anne Zouroudi, Michael Dibdin and Boris Akunin.

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The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri

Never has Inspector Montalbano's character - a unique blend of humor, cynicism, compassion, earthiness, and love of good food - been more compelling than in The Snack Thief. When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Inspector Montalbano suspects the link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished house cleaner and sometime prostitute, whose young son steals other school children's mid-morning snacks. But Karima disappears, and the young snack thief's life - as well as Montalbano's - is endangered when the inspector exposes a viper's nest of government corruption and international intrigue.

About the Author

Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy’s most famous contemporary writers. His Montalbano series has been adapted for Italian television and translated into nine languages. He lives in Rome.

His 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. Both farcical and endearing, Montalbano is a cross between Columbo and Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, with the added culinary idiosyncrasies of an Italian Maigret’ and if you like authors such as Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin you really should try some of his novels.

Photograph by Elvira Giogianni.

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Publication date

5th August 2005


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