Montalbano's gruesome discovery of a lovely, naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim's friend Anna, whose charms Montalbano cannot help but appreciate. But it is a mysterious, reclusive violinist who holds the key to this murder.
Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy's most famous contemporary writers. The Montalbano mysteries have been best-sellers all over Europe. He lives in Rome. Stephen Sartarelli is a poet and translator. He lives in France.