Rounding the Mark: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: February 2010
Duration: 5 hours 57 minutes
While swimming along the Sicilian shore, Inspector Montalbano discovers a corpse. His pursuit of the cause of death intersects with the inquiry into a hit-and-run that claimed the life of a young boy who may have been victimized by human traffickers. The buying and selling of immigrant children (for slave labor, sex, and as a source of illegal organ transplants) is part of the evil underside of the opening of Europe's borders. That, combined with frustration with his department's repressive handling of security for the G8 summit in Genoa and the corruption among his superiors and the politicians behind them, makes setting anything right in this absurdly wrong world seem like an exercise in futility. Montalbano alternates between despair and steely resolve. When he realizes that he may have inadvertently aided the boy's victimizers, his internal turmoil intensifies.
"Gripping….far from a run-of-the-mill police procedural."—Publishers Weekly