Andrea Camilleri is one fine author that you've got to read. Yes, he's Italian, and yes, his books have a definite Italian prose but the writing is so intriguing how can you resist? Much like the Inspector Montalbano enjoys his good food and wine, you'll find yourself savoring each and every page. In this, his 3rd book about life in Sicily and Inspector Montalbano, we are presented with the mysterious death of an older gentleman in an elevator, and the murder of a Tunisian sailor off the coast on a fishing boat, and a series of snack robberies, which are seemingly unrelated, but later find out to be seriously connected. Of course there is the usual banter between the inspector and his collegues and his girlfriend, Livia, and the usual surprising personality of the good inspector, and often genuinely humorous situations. His first book, "The Shape of Water", which I read was at first a little difficult to follow; ie; names and names of places in Sicily and too the way it's written, not American english or English english, but different. But his stories are so interesting that after a few pages it really doesn't matter that it's different, in fact it makes reading them that much more entertaining because they are different. His descriptions of places and peoples are right on spot. In Snack Thief you'll be amazed and entertained by the manner in which Inspector Montalbano goes about solving the crimes but too how he manipulates the press, and his superiors and other higher ups in the government. Montalbano who isn't perfect has faults and some striking traits that makes him very real and makes Camilleri's novels that much more interesting. There's really no one to compare Camilleri to, he's in a class all by himself. If you're looking for something a little different, or just something intriguing, then read Snack Thief. Trust me, you won't stop here, you'll read all of Camilleri's books, finding yourself like me; spellbound.