The Terracotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri

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The old man was considered someone who always told things straight, without overstating or understating the case. Is it about the robbery at the supermarket? Of course. Have you already discussed it with anybody? Nobody. Dont forget: not a word to anyone. Are you trying to insult me? Silent as the grave, I am. Ill be at your office early tomorrow morning. Just out of curiosity, Cavaliere: what were you doing, alone and upset, in your car at that hour of the night? You know, after a certain age, one must be careful.

At your service, Cavaliere. I just remembered something. Which is why I didnt mention it when I gave my testimony. I have no reason to doubt you, Cavaliere. Im all ears. A strange thing happened to me when I was almost in front of the supermarket, but at the time I didnt pay it much mind. I was nervous and upset because these days there are certain bastards about who Please come to the point, Cavaliere. If one let him speak, Misuraca was capable of taking his story back to the foundation of the first Fascist militias.

It occurred to him that in matters of taste he was closer to Maigret than to Pepe Carvalho, the protagonist of Montalbs novels, who stuffed himself with dishes that would have set a sharks belly on fire. On the national television stations, an ill wind of malaise was blowing. The governing majority found itself split over a law that would deny early prison release to those who had eaten up half the country; the magistrates who had laid bare the dirty secrets of political corruption were resigning in protest; and there was a faint breeze of revolt animating the interviews with people in the street.

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