The Track of Sand

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The Track of Sand
La pista di sabbia.jpg
First edition (Italy)
Author Andrea Camilleri
Original title Le ali della sfinge
Translator Stephen Sartarelli
Country Italy, Sicily
Language Italian/Sicilian
Series Inspector Salvo Montalbano, #12
Genre Crime, Mystery novel
Publisher Penguin Books/Sellerio Editore
Publication date
2007 (orig.) & 2010 (Eng. trans. )
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
ISBN 0-14-311793-9 (Eng. trans.)
OCLC 427757200
Preceded by The Wings of the Sphinx
Followed by The Potter's Field

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 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.