Like earlier episodes, last night’s consisted of a main plot and two sub-plots. The main plot revolved around the death of a fishing boat mechanic while out at sea. By all accounts, he was shot by accident. On investigation, it is revealed that the fleet the boat belongs to, has been drug trafficking for the Mafia.
The first sub-plot concerns Fazio and a woman he has known for many years. The woman in question had been dating a man who, it transpires, is a hitman for the Sinagara family (Mafia). When he goes on the run the police, through Fazio, offer her and her father, protection. The hitman, offended by this move, sets a firework factory belonging to one of her father’s friends alight.
The second sub-plot is about Montalbano’s wedding. While attending a fancy dress party with Livia, Motalbano spots the hitman. Leaving her when the hitman walks out, Montalbano tracks him down and a gun battle ensues. Having watched Montalbano leave, Livia follows. Livia now realises what sort of person Montalbano is like and the wedding is put on hold.
While the second sub-plot is probably the most familiar cliché when it comes to detective dramas, it is revealed in a different way. The earlier series (Inspector Montalbano) showed that they are still friends. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any other detective who remains in contact with a former fiancé.
The main plot is a nice touch as it is usually the case that the death is suspicious. Using it to reveal the drug trafficking is an extra twist to what could have been a bland tale.
This story was a lot easier to follow than ‘The Man Who Followed Funerals’, which is great as I do like watching this series. Saying that, I get the feeling that the producers have gone for more drama this series.