The Track of Sand

The Track of Sand (orig. Italian La pista di sabbia) is a 2007 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2010 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the twelfth novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series.

The Track of Sand
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First edition (Italy)
AuthorAndrea Camilleri
Original titleLe ali della sfinge
TranslatorStephen Sartarelli
CountryItaly, Sicily
SeriesInspector Salvo Montalbano, #12
GenreCrime, Mystery novel
PublisherPenguin Books/Sellerio Editore
Publication date
7 June 2007
Published in English
Media typePrint (Hardcover, Paperback)
ISBN0-14-311793-9 (Eng. trans.)
Preceded byThe Wings of the Sphinx 
Followed byThe Potter's Field 

The Sicilian inspector looks out his window and sees the carcass of a horse on the beach. The animal, he discovers, has been bludgeoned to death. As he turns his back to phone in the crime, the horse vanishes, leaving a track in the sand. Was the horse slaughtered for its meat by illegal immigrants? Is someone trying to send a message to the owner? Or is the Mafia edging its way into the racing industry? The repeated vandalizing of Montalbano's home and a Mafia thug's murder complicate the investigation.