New York : Viking, 2002.
224 p. ; 20 cm.
"Originally published in Italian as La Forma del Acqua by Sellerio editore, c1994"--T.p. verso.
Early one morning, Silvio Lupanello, a big shot in the village of Viga`ta, is found dead in his car with his pants around his knees. The car happens to be parked in a rough part of town frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers, and as the news of his death spreads, the rumors begin. Enter Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Viga`ta's most respected detective. With his characteristic mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food, Montalbano goes into battle against the powerful and the corrupt who are determined to block his path to the real killer.