Direct by: ALBERTO SIRONI | Release date: 2008 | Genre: Detective fiction | Running time: 100 minutes
Montalbano, one morning, gets up and opens the shutters of his room and the first thing he sees is the bloody corpse of a horse on the shore. The commissar has just time to summon his men and the horse is gone, it remains only the sign of his body on the sand and one of his irons that the commissar has distracted in his pocket to the bathrobe. That same day a “foreigner”, Rachele Estermann, denies Vigàta’s commissioner the theft of his horse while in the stables of Saverio the Duke, one of the wealthiest men in Sicily, another pure blood has vanished into nothingness.
The scenario of the story is the world of illegal races, the favorite pastime of a certain land aristocracy that bets strong. It is in this golden environment that Montalbano has to investigate, because after the horse, a guard of the stables is also found dead. Among the lute butlers, Montalbano’s barons and queens are a bit uncomfortable, while “ignorant” comes in one, two, three times in Marinella’s home: they do not steal anything but put everything upside down, they seem to look for something. But what? Montalbano does not remain insensitive to the advances of “foreigners”, but in the end succeeds in making him interested in his deputy Mimi Augello, always vulnerable to the feminine charm.