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This review is from: The Day of the Owl (Paperback)
Leonardo Sciascia uses the mafia killing of a local building contractor as a vehicle on which to describe the ills that, at that time (1961), pervaded Sicily and were creeping ever northwards up the Italian peninsular. "this palm tree line, this strong black coffee line, this scandal line, rising up through Italy and already passed Rome".
Captain Bellodi finds that his investigation is not only hampered by lack of evidence or witnesses, but is being actively impeded by corrupt government influences working in conjunction with those that it should be opposing.
Here he finds no witnesses only fear. Here he finds no truth only lies. Here he finds no hope only despair.
Wonderfully written, as all his detective novels are, it offers no conclusion, it merely states the facts and allows the reader to make their own judgements.