The Day of the Owl

The Day of the Owl

Book - 2003
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"A man is shot dead as he runs to catch the bus in the piazza of a small Sicilian town. Captain Bellodi, the detective on the case, is new to his job and determined to prove himself. Bellodi suspects the Mafia, and his suspicions grow when he finds himself up against an apparently unbreachable wall of silence. A surprise turn puts him on the track of a series of nasty crimes. But all the while Bellodi's investigation is being carefully monitored by a host of observers, near and far. They share a single concern: to keep the truth from coming out"--Publisher's description
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, ©2003
ISBN: 9781590170618
Characteristics: xii, 124 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Colquhoun, Archibald
Oliver, Arthur
Alternative Title: Giorno della civetta


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Oct 09, 2020

Sicily, murder, political corruption, the mafia. A Carabinieri detective, a Turin native, a Northerner, is assigned to the case. He solves it but the bad guys, through corruption and the mafia's political influence, escape justice. There are asides where unidentified political figures comment on the action like a Greek chorus. It's a searing indictment of the justice system of 1950's Sicily, not the charming entertainment of Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series.
This particular paperback edition, with its dense text and poor formatting, was difficult to read.


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