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Montalbano's First Case (The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Andrea Camilleri
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Prequel to the international bestselling Inspector Montalbano series

Salvo Montalbano is thirty-five years old and still a bit naive—and there are plenty of criminals ready to take advantage of his inexperience.

Montalbano’s First Case
details our hero’s early years as a deputy inspector. While the story involves no bloody crimes, devoted readers are sure to find the scenes and sensations—not to mention the dose of spine-chilling suspense—that they have come to expect from Andrea Camilleri.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Mondadori (22 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJNMB6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy's most famous contemporary writers. His Montalbano series has been adapted for Italian television and translated into nine languages. He lives in Rome. Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator. He is also the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Open Vault. He lives in France.

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing 25 Oct. 2013
By TimR
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read all the Montalbano books in translation and enjoyed each one. This is rather different. It is very short, a novella, and as such rather expensive. I note that it has gone down in price by more than £1 since I bought it on 'publication day' four days ago. It is not translated by the translator of the other books. I think those translations were excellent. This is less so. There are some errors in idiom and in one paragraph the oddly named 'Mery' is apparently referred to as 'Maria'. The editing seems less careful than normal. The translator's notes in the novels are very entertaining. There are none here. Those who like Montalbano will nonetheless not want to miss it. It fills in a lot of background detail, and introduces all the familiar characters in their respective relative youths. Somehow I don't think it would be a good place to start with Montalbano: I'd recommend starting with the 'mature' books.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A prequel to a wonderful series 22 Oct. 2013
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Written about 10 years ago but only now translated into English, this is not the best introduction to the wonderful Montalbano series, but will appeal to die-hard fans. Salvo is in his 30s, just promoted and gets transferred to Vigata - the well-known scene of his later adventures.

Much is made of firsts in the story - the first time Montalbano sees what becomes his home, the first time he visits a restaurant which becomes 'his', his first meeting with a journalist who becomes a firm friend, his first meeting with police colleagues.

The story itself is only short, a novella easily read in an hour or two, and concerns a young girl who catches Montalbano's interest and her involvements with the corrupt politics and power families of the region. It doesn't have quite the same complexity and depth of the full-length novels but does give a taster of what comes later.

This is a marvellous series and Montalbano a very cool investigator - long-time fans will enjoy this, but it's not the best place to start for anyone new to Camilleri.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bad translation spoils another really good story 3 April 2014
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I would have given this 5 stars as the tale is the usual devious amusing and creative romp, however, the Americanisms in the translation really grated. All the other books have been well translated without words like 'gotten' 'sidewalk' 'ass' etc. I'm sure Montalbano would be horrified by the poor American English,
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sack the translators! 17 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love the Montalbano books. They are witty, well written, have rounded characters I care about and are full of references to good food - perfect light reading. This one is only tolerable because I am so hooked on the characters and the setting I want to know how it all started. (I haven't seen the TV series.) But the translation! People don't call in or visit, they 'swing by'; the main street in Vigata is now the 'main drag'. The cliches are so abundant it's sometimes difficult to spot the original language in between. And what editor would allow this sentence: 'His father was dressed elegantly as usual and his movements were very elegant as well.' It's not the worst; it just happens to be on the page I'm reading.

I feel sad!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable storytelling 11 July 2014
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my first move when i saw this available was to download the sample - i read it and was hooked - i bought it immediately and i could not put it down - all the features of his police life (or many) that will come in future were originated here - Fazio's obsessive reports to him about backgrounds, the discovery of the restaurant where we know Montalbano will spend many hours eating, and the intrigue of knowing that his present girlfriend Mery will soon be replaced; not to speak of his offbeat style and use of characters he meets in public - his instincts and ability to figure out the right way to communicate - wow -it's all here, in short, and with great intrigue. he has a big heart and the story of the abused girl/woman who seeks to right the world moves him and he does the right thing - we sense the man to come. really heavenly ... open media have truly done a good thing finding things and bringing them out.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvo, the acrobat 24 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been reading Andrea Camilleri for more than 15 years now. I think the best thing about his stories is their simplicity. He doesn't seem to try to impress the reader by creating exploding scenes of chaos and mayhem; he just wants to tell a story.

As the title suggests this book is all about Montalbano's First Case. The good detective, who was to become a celebrity one day, in this story is young, but not so inexperienced. He lives and works in Mascalippa, but not for long since soon he's going to be promoted to an Inspector and probably move to another town. The truth is that he doesn't seem to care so much about the promotion, but he does care about the transfer, as he really wants to go away. Not long before he departs, he takes in the landscape:

"In a matter of seconds he saw the landscape of Mascalippa and its surroundings pass before his eyes. It was certainly splendid, but not his cup of tea. For good measure, he also saw four cows grazing on the withering grass. He felt a cold shiver down his spine, like a bout of malaria."

His new place of work and residence is Vigata, a town by the sea. He becomes chief of the department there, and soon enough he comes to realize that the whole show is ran by the Mafia; the rich can get away with anything, while the poor have to suffer the consequences. However, not everything is black since there are a couple of people, one of them a cop, that really like to do what's right.

The new beginning in his career proves somewhat difficult, but Montalbano is not one to run away from trouble. The more some people of power try to push him into the corner, the more he fights back.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Like other Andrea Camilleri books all five star all absorbing can't put down one more to read can't wait great.
Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I shall read other books in the series
Published 1 month ago by C. W. Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Montalbano's 1st case
Very entertaining and easy to read. A very interesting plot and well presented. Good holiday reading and entertainment for anyone.
Published 2 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as usual!
I thought I had read all of the Montalbano series so was happy to find this on kindle - excellent as usual!
Published 2 months ago by Miss H E Easlea
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read that sets the scene for Comissario Montalbano's individual...
I read this while in Sicily in Montalbano country. A good read that sets the scene for Comissario Montalbano's individual style of detection sense of justice. Recommended.
Published 2 months ago by R Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Almost better than the television series
Published 2 months ago by Carole Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the characters who leap out at you fully formed
Having read many of Montalbano's cases by Andrea Camilleri, I thought I should go back to the beginning. I love the characters who leap out at you fully formed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Cuthbert
1.0 out of 5 stars English ?
What a clumsy translation, spoiled any hope of enjoyment. Hoped to read the whole series as I enjoy the tv version, no chance of that now.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good!
Published 3 months ago by Peter Treadgold
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Spoilt by a poor translation
Published 3 months ago by Fosca
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