In a note at the end of this book, Sciascia explains that he had to constantly trim this book so as not to make anyone identifiable. Although this is ostensibly a complaint against a lack of freedom, it may well be the book's greatest strength. This is wonderfully economic prose - stark, simple, and incredibly effective. The prose is as clear as the case appears to be, but you still have to see it through to the end. A man is murdered, and the investigation could bring down people in very high places. Sciascia could write a shopping list and you'd enjoy every bit.