A man’s body is found inside an industrial pipe on a building site. Montalbano and Fazio manage to identify the victim and try to contact his missing wife. Meanwhile, journalist Lucia Gambardella reaches out to Montalbano with information on a local corruption ring involving fraudulent building contracts.
In Italian with English subtitles.
So, it does rain in Sicily. The thunderous opening scene masked a shot between the shoulder blades to a mysterious man in his underwear trying to ride his bicycle to escape into a large concrete pipe. His body was found by workers the next morning 18 metres from the entrance. Montalbano, who is claustrophobic, can’t investigate in situ so the body is brought back outside. Salvo is convinced the man must be a local who lives nearby.
Meanwhile Mimi can’t speak to a woman at the station as she is yet another of his former lovers – this time one who spurned him. A woman who immediately has Montalbano’s admiration.
Guiciu Nicotra is the discovered corpse, identified by his facial scar. Inge his German wife is said, by an older neighbour, to be a slut happy to receive guests. Inge is dead too, still in the house awaiting discovery according to Salvo’s theory. The only problem is, no body is discovered and a later phone call claims she is back in Germany.
A female journalist meets Salvo on his balcony – that view enhanced by glasses of vino. Who wouldn’t say yes to that? Her investigation is based on collapsing buildings and subsidence, and who exactly is to blame.
A gloved guest has been living with Gerlando and Inge, a fugitive who knows his prints are on file.
Piscopo is in the hospital being protected by Salvo when pantomime thugs arrive with guns but Salvo bravely chases them off and receives a concussion for his trouble.
A secret basement in the garage of Inge’s house is discovered but Inge remains illusive. A safe full of money appears to be the motive, but is it?