Camilleri writes about our world, and this time is the turn of finance wizards and economical miracles.
The plot is simple: the owner and manager of a financial joint disappears, and thousands of people in the Vigatá and Montelusa province find that their savings are gone for good. King Midas was not what he seemed, and a lot of money is gone forever. At the same time, an agency employee disappears, too. Only a woman accountant stays, obviously in love with her boss, and unable to believe that he'll never come back, that he is a thief.
Montalbano is at loss because this does not look like a mafia crime, as everybody would like to believe. He is not familiar with this kind of crimes, with this brave new world where money can be stolen but cannot be found again. He starts a complicated investigation with a surprising and somehow logical ending. Global financial capitalism is not innocent and brings its own tragedies. In the end greed, love and sex mix up in a tragedy that unlike financial economy, has face, eyes and body. That's why Montalbano's police instinct is more useful than the help of finance police.
Many of Camilleri's types are here: stupid policemen and judges, crazy people, beautiful women, greedy young people, honest old men, mafia, and above all, Sicily.
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