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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078617742X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786177424
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,083,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano is a delight...I love
these novels.' -- Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Montalbano learned how hard it was to put on a wetsuit while in a dinghy speeding over a sea that wasn’t exactly calm. Mimì, at the helm, looked tense and worried. “Getting seasick?” the inspector asked him at one point. “No. Just sick of myself.” “Why?” “Because every now and then I realize what a stupid shit I am to go along with some of your brilliant ideas.” An angry octogenarian holds a terrified and lovelorn office worker at gunpoint. Her boss, it transpires, has disappeared with a few billion lire entrusted to him by the good citizens of Vigata . . . Also AWOL is his young colleague, whose uncle just happens to be building a house on the site of Inspector Montalbano’s very favourite olive tree . . . In vintage Camilleri style, he serves up yet another delicious investigation for our food-loving commitment-phobic Inspector. Ably abetted by his loyal and eccentric team, Montalbano solves his case and gets his girl (again!). A delight. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Camilleri writes about our world, and this time is the turn of finance wizards and economical miracles.

The plot is simple: the owner and manager of a financial joint disappears, and thousands of people in the Vigatá and Montelusa province find that their savings are gone for good. King Midas was not what he seemed, and a lot of money is gone forever. At the same time, an agency employee disappears, too. Only a woman accountant stays, obviously in love with her boss, and unable to believe that he'll never come back, that he is a thief.

Montalbano is at loss because this does not look like a mafia crime, as everybody would like to believe. He is not familiar with this kind of crimes, with this brave new world where money can be stolen but cannot be found again. He starts a complicated investigation with a surprising and somehow logical ending. Global financial capitalism is not innocent and brings its own tragedies. In the end greed, love and sex mix up in a tragedy that unlike financial economy, has face, eyes and body. That's why Montalbano's police instinct is more useful than the help of finance police.

Many of Camilleri's types are here: stupid policemen and judges, crazy people, beautiful women, greedy young people, honest old men, mafia, and above all, Sicily.

Read and enjoy!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By The Dunelmian VINE VOICE on 15 Oct. 2007
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This is arguably the paciest and least put-downable in the series to date. The characters have developed and matured, and Montalbano is starting to seem more credible as he twists, turns and agonises his way through his world. This is not a book to read out of order - sorry, you need to go through the highs and lows of the other 6 to get the best out of it, but it is worth it. There is less of the Sicilian scenery and more of the storyline and the characters, and I think it is the better for it, although the glossary at the back of the book is always handy!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Leonora351 on 12 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
I came across this book by chance and thought I would give it a go. It did not disappoint. A traditional detective story involving murder, deceit and blackmail allied to a touch of Gothic horror, it draws the reader into the community and landscape of Sicily. Inspector Montalbano is engaging and sympathetic and his love of the sturdy regional cuisine adds to the vivid picture of his world. The translator has tried to capture the colour of the local dialect with varying degrees of success; it can be a bit distracting and the English sometimes comes out awkwardly. Helpful notes at the back explain the more obscure literary and local allusions.

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good detective story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2011
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The case under investigation by Inspector Salvo Montalbano in his sixth outing, THE SCENT OF THE NIGHT, is that of a financial advisor who has disappeared with vast quantities of everyone's money. Tempers are characteristically running high, so at the outset Montalbano has to exercise his trademark combination of psychological insight with impulsive action to avert a nasty hostage situation. Even so, the police are left with several puzzling facts about the disappearance, and are struggling to make any headway.
In previous books, we've seen the commissioner, Montalbano's boss, retire and the corporate types move in, all too ready to appear on TV and blame the Mafia for everything, without bothering to look into the facts. After being even more incensed than usual by the new commissioner's insinuations about Montalbano's ethics over the case of the boy Francois (who appears in some of the previous books), Montalbano goes his own way without any reference to his superiors and their theory that the Mafia have killed the financier. The investigation that follows is a lot more satisfying in this book than has been the case in some previous outings, where atmosphere, absorbing though it is, has taken precedence over detection and credibility.
There are some delightful characters along the way: I was particularly fond of Michela, the attractive secretary of the vanished man, mistress of the non verbal communication and sexual blackmail - or is she? She meets her equal in Montalbano in a couple of funny scenes, and the pair end up combining their witty resources to arrive, almost, at an answer. But it isn't until Montalbano realises a connection with Clementine, the old lady who first featured in THE VOICE OF THE VIOLIN, that the complete answer becomes clear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2007
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This is a great book. We have all the usual things to love about Montalbano, his obssession with his lunch, his disastrous love life, his sometimes incompetent staff, with a fantastic story of murder, intrigue and obsessive love. This is very dark in places, and the end has a wonderfully macabre twist which finishes off what is already a fantastic story perfectly. Montalbano is investigating the disappearance of a fraudulent businessman and the damage that his behaviour has wrought on the population of the local town.
The pace is taut, the plotting good and the characters wonderfully drawn. The difficulties that may happen with a translation are dealt with with the translator's glossary at the back of the book, and this is a worthy addition to the genre.
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