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More than just a murder mystery...
on 17 August 2001
Leonardo Sciascia was once a primary school teacher, trained as a lawyer, lover of literature, a political candidate, anti-mafia proponant and a true Scicilian. All these aspects of the writer of 'To Each His Own' shine through in this thought provoking take on the detective novel. He explores the complexities of the Scicilian mentality, embedded with a long history of mafia corruption to a point where complacency is common place and even mild curiosity proves dangerous. A double murder spurs a university lecturer to do a little amateur sleuthing for his own intellectual curiosity, yet his discoveries stir up all kinds of evil and temptation in a small, corrupt Scicilian town. Sciascia's character detail, original use of suspense and other elements of the detective genre - which he takes and discards at will - make for a haunting, fascinating, insightful read. The reality of mafia intrigue is powerfully evoked, the climax a devastating finale.