The Snack Thief, Paperback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Never has Inspector Montalbano's character -- a unique blend of humor, cynicism, compassion, earthiness, and love of good food -- been more compelling than in The Snack Thief.

When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Inspector Montalbano suspects a link between the two incidents.

His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished house cleaner and sometime prostitute, whose young son steals other school children's mid-morning snacks.

But Karima disappears, and the young snack thief's life -- as well as Montalbano's -- is endangered when the inspector exposes a viper's nest of government corruption and international intrigue.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780330492973



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Ordered this from the library, my first Inspector Montalbano mystery, and heartily glad that I picked up on the favourable comments of the author's books on one of the groups I subscribe to on here (Crime Thriller and Mystery).It's both clever and funny and a refreshing change. Inspector Montalbano is a great character. Can't wait to read my next one now, The Terracotta Dog.

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