Brief, haunting and unforgettable -- Sunday Tribune
Granta Books are to be congratulated on making available again in English one of Europes most challenging twentieth-century writers -- TLS
His prose is crisp... He writes with an unerring precision and can penetrate the heart of the matter immediately -- Herald
The undercurrents of human behaviour have rarely been explored with such intelligence -- Crime Time
This slender novel exemplifies crime-writing at its most sophisticated and polished -- Daily Mail
About the Author
Leonardo Sciascia was born in Sicily in 1912 and died there in 1989. Like Joseph Roth, Sciascia worked with deceptively simple forms - books about crime, historical novels, political thrillers - and was a master of lucid and accessible prose. This polished surface conceals great depths of sophistication and an intense engagement with the moral and historical problems of modern Italy, especially of his native Sicily. His books are rooted in a particular culture; they speak to anyone who has ever wondered how people can endure unbearable injustice.