Inspector Salvo Montalbano is a fictional character created by Italian writer Andrea Camilleri in a series of novels and short stories.
Set in the imaginary town of Vigata, the fractious detective's character and manner encapsulate much of Sicilian mythology - brooding philosophy, whip smart dialogue, rugged beauty, superb food - and astute detective work. Montalbano is played for RAI by Luca Zingaretti. The series is almost entirely shot in the Sicilian city of Ragusa, Italy, and surrounding towns.
While the incessant landings of migrants continue on the coast of Sicily and the humanitarian emergency has the Vigàta police station at full stretch, Salvo and his men also find themselves grappling with a brutal case: the body of a beautiful young girl, a friend of Livia's, is found in her dressmaker's shop. The injuries found on the woman's body denote a particular ferocity, suggesting a murder with unknown ramifications.
In Vigàta an old notebook is found, belonging to a boy, then aged 15, fascinated by fascist ideology. In its pages the young man confesses to carrying out a massacre in September 1943. While the police are trying to reconstruct and shed light on the story described in the diary, a sprightly ninety-year-old turns up, asking Salvo to have his name removed from a war memorial, to which it was added by mistake. The next day a wealthy businessman from the city, also ninety years old, is found dead.