Elinor calls Fenoglio's house and tells Mo about her books (sob); she also tells Mo that she's flying into Fenoglio's town, because she wants to make a police report about Capricorn.
So Mo goes to pick up Elinor from the airport, leaving Meggie with Fenoglio.
Meggie goes to the apartment she's been sharing with her dad, and then she hears one of Fenoglio's grandkids, Pippo, calling her. She opens the door—and sees Basta. Egads.
Basta has the poor kid by the neck, and he wants to know where Mo is—Meggie quickly comes up with a lie, and says he's gone out shopping.
Pippo has been talking, though, and so Basta knows about how his grandfather has a lot of books, and how Mo has been visiting him. So they pay a visit to Fenoglio.
Flatnose starts looking for the book while Basta interrogates Fenoglio; he doesn't believe that Fenoglio's the author of the book, or that there aren't any copies of the book there.
Fenoglio starts telling Basta about himself—but that just irritates Basta. Meggie quickly makes up a lie, saying that Basta shouldn't kill Fenoglio because that'll kill Capricorn and all the rest of the people from the book.
Time for a change of plans: Though Basta was sent to fetch Mo, he decides to bring Meggie and Fenoglio back with him instead. And off they go.