New York : Viking, 2003.
298 p. ; 20 cm.
Translation of: Il ladro di merendine.
Inspector Montalbano exposes a viper's nest of government corruption and international intrigue while investigating the stabbing of an elderly man in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished housecleaner and occasional prostitute, whose young son steals other schoolchildren's midmorning snacks.