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Andrea Camilleri's sensational Inspector Montalbano continues in the fourteenth instalment, The Age of Doubt.
A chance encounter with a strange young woman leads Inspector Montalbano to Vigàta harbour – and into a puzzling new mystery. The crew of a mysterious yacht – the Vanna – due to dock in the area have discovered a corpse floating in the water, the dead man's face badly disfigured. It isn't long before Montalbano begins to become suspicious of the Vanna's inhabitants. Who is the yacht's owner, the glamorous and short-tempered Livia Giovannini? How has she accrued her riches? And why does she spend so much time at sea?
Meanwhile Montalbano finds himself getting into tangles with the dreaded Commissioner, the exasperating Dr Lattes and a very beautiful young woman at the harbour, with whom he becomes dangerously besotted . . . Can the Inspector clear his head long enough to unravel this murky mystery?
The Age of Doubt is followed by The Dance of the Seagull, the fifteenth book in the series.
Near the start of Camilleri's exquisite 14th mystery featuring Insp. Salvo Montalbano (after 2011's The Potter's Field), the self-deprecating, passionately foul-mouthed Sicilian policeman befriends a young woman, Vanna Digiulio, while both are stranded in a traffic jam during a storm that's washed out the coast road. Vanna's claim to have been on her way to Vig ta to meet her aunt's yacht, the Vanna, strikes the inspector as suspicious. When the yacht docks with the disfigured body of a man that the Vanna picked up from a dinghy adrift near the harbor mouth, Montalban informs the boat's owner, an imperious signora, that she must remain in port while he investigates the man's murder. His proposal that she stay with her niece elicits the reply, "What niece?" The awkward humanity and everyday sadness of Camilleri's characters make them instantly sympathetic, while wry commentary on language, food, and local customs lend color.