The Track of Sand

The Track of Sand

Book - 2010
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Montalbano wakes from strange dreams to find a gruesomely bludgeoned horse carcass in front of his seaside home. When his men come to investigate, the carcass disappears, leaving only a trail in the sand. Before long, two people report missing horses - Rachele, a champion equestrian, an Lo Duca, one of the richest men in Sicily. Then Montalbano's home is broken into and is ransacked and he is certain that the crimes are linked. As he negotiates the glittering underworld of legitimate horseracing and the Mafia's connection to it, the scrupulous and melancholy Montalbano is aided by his unorthodox methods, melancholy self-reflection, and love of good food--Cover.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780143117933
0143117939
Characteristics: 264 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Sartarelli, Stephen 1954-

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Jun 03, 2017

Excellent as usual.

JeremiahSutherland Mar 23, 2012

Yet another in the Inspector Montalbano series.

The main character is just trying to get by on a daily basis and do the right thing. He doesn't want promotion so doesn't kowtow to the higher-ups in the Police.

The pacing is slow with interspersed absurd moments. All of the books are gentle reads appropriate for rainy days or sitting on the beach.

Italian TV has adapted the books for broadcast and the results are generally faithful to the books. BBC is running some of the episodes now (2012).

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CB2295
Jan 09, 2012

This book is #12 in the Inspector Salvo Montalbano series and I’ve read them all. Maybe it’s only me, but this series is getting boring and the author seems to have run out of ideas to keep the attention of those reading the full series ; the cast of 6 or 8 ongoing characters are all there but they haven’t changed in any meaningful way (probably so that one can get away with reading the series out of sequence), though one character now wears glasses; big deal; the crime story part is okay, though not exciting, but it’s the overall sameness that bores a faithful reader. I may not bother with #13 in the series.

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Dec 20, 2010

If it takes a weird dream to begin a story, I am not interested in finding out what other weirdness is in the book.

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