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The Age of Doubt (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) [Hardcover]

Andrea Camilleri
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22 Nov 2012 Inspector Montalbano Mysteries (Book 14)

As seen on TV: now a major BBC4 television series.

A chance encounter with a strange young woman leads Inspector Montalbano to Vigàta harbour – and into a puzzling new mystery. The crew of a mysterious yacht - the Vanna - due to dock in the area have discovered a corpse floating in the water, the dead man’s face badly disfigured. It isn't long before Montalbano begins to become suspicious of the Vanna's inhabitants. Who is the yacht's owner, the glamorous and short-tempered Livia Giovannini? How has she accrued her riches? And why does she spend so much time at sea?

Meanwhile Montalbano finds himself getting into tangles with the dreaded Commissioner, the exasperating Dr Lattes and a very beautiful young woman at the harbour, with whom he becomes dangerously besotted . . . Can the Inspector clear his head long enough to unravel this murky mystery?

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle (22 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447203313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447203315
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,239 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 is one of Italy's most famous contemporary writers. His Inspector Montalbano series has been adapted for Italian television and translated into several languages. He lives in Rome.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"The Age of Doubt" finds the redoubtable Inspector Montalbano increasingly preoccupied with the aging process. Into his pondering of the cycle of life drops a murder case connected to two luxury yachts that have turned up in Vigata's small harbor. The subsequent investigation leads to the Inspector's meeting of a stunningly beautiful young harbor official. Salvo is poleaxed with love by the encounter and much of the rest of the story is taken up by his struggles to cope with the uncomfortable infatuation. His legendary focus on police business suffers; his relationship with long-time girlfriend Livia becomes seriously at risk; and he is pushed into a manic binge on seafood at the local trattoria.

"The Age..." has some of the usual great moments that come with the Montalbano series, including a slam bang ending, but for me, the love crisis that is the center of this episode was a bit too drawn out and led to some events that were out of character for the Inspector and for the series. Still, a midlife crisis arguably makes even the most rational and responsible people do improbable and irrational things, so maybe even the Inspector....

In sum, a good read, if not the best book in this very high standard series.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Longest Mid-Life Crisis in Literature 18 Jun 2012
By takingadayoff VINE VOICE
Beware - the usually crusty Inspector Montalbano is downright unlikable this time around. He's worried about getting older, as usual. He's impatient with his colleagues, his underlings, and the suspects. As usual. And he treats his longtime, long distance girlfriend, Livia, with even more indifference than usual.

Despite all this, The Age of Doubt is a gem of a murder mystery. It gets to the murder and the mystery right away, and it's short and punchy, a real pulp-style page turner. It's hard to sympathize with Montalbano, but we are still interested in how he will solve the crime and if he will be able to prevent further mayhem.

As attractive as Montalbano apparently is to women, they are still quite a mystery to him. Both he and the buffoonish Catarella are stumped by the presence of women who are not what they seem. They are even stumped by a woman who is exactly what she appears to be - a Coast Guard officer. Of course there are no women in the Vigata police department.

The series is consistently good, and that's a rare thing. In addition to author Camilleri's talents, we have to give credit to translator Stephen Sartarelli. He knows when to translate and when to just explain. It's smooth and natural, never awkward or clunky.

Unlike Montalbano. (Next installment is The Dance of the Seagull coming in February 2013.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Salvo besotted 23 Feb 2013
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Inspector Salvatore Montalbano`s long-distance - and irascible, high-maintenance - girlfriend Livia barely (in either sense of the word) gets a look in during the course of this enjoyable, rather autumnal fourteenth book in the series, though there is another Livia in this story, as well as a woman called Laura, who sets Salvo`s pulses racing, and with whom he becomes besotted, so much so that he finds it difficult to concentrate on his work.
We Montalbano fans know that the books Camilleri, now aged 86 and still writing, has so prolifically been churning out for our delight in recent years, are crime novels in name only. In fact, they chart the volatile life, loves, detective work, and culinary obssessions of the thoughtful, literate, woman-loving, mostly loyal, usually honest lone wolf called Salvo Montalbano.
Not one of the series is worth less than four stars, many are gems - for example the second book, The Terracotta Dog. This is an excellent late addition to what I hope will only come to an end when Camilleri can`t hold a pen or type any more.
The plot is hardly worth going into, being less convoluted than some in the series, and more to do with the characters than any story machinations. Salvo is involved in a case which takes him to the harbour, in which three women appear who are not quite what they at first appear to be, or say they are. All run several rings round the increasingly hapless Salvo, his loyalty to girlfriend Livia hitting rocky waters, his obsession with the stunning Laura compromising his sanity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still the best Italian detective, but ... 8 Jan 2013
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Camilleri is one of the great writers of Italian detective fiction, and is certainly my favourite by a long margin. And Montalbano is the best Italian detective since, well, since ever. So I wanted to praise this latest book, The Age of Doubt, but I have to admit - reluctantly - that it is way below standard.

Yes, the plot is as good as ever, and most of the characters are just as enjoyable too, but what has happened to Montalbano? I do not want to give too much away to those of you who have not read the book - and if you haven't read it, then I still urge you to do so - but Montalbano's love interest, his coup de foudre (is there an Italian expression of equivalent force?), has him acting far out of the character created so well in the earlier books. This is not a mid-life crisis; it is behaviour that would be unconvincing if Montalbano were the most gauche adolescent.

For lovers of the earlier books, there will be too many jarring issues. To take just two. Given Montalbano's affection for Mimì's wife Beba, how could he encourage Mimì into an affair with a suspect? It just doesn't ring true. And then there is a sub-plot in which Montalbano uses the death of his own invented child as an excuse for not doing his paper-work. Too much, too much.

As a final query, what is the sudden and strange obsession with "clichés" all about?

Camilleri has been served well in the past by his translator, Stephen Sartarelli, one of the best and someone who has added much to our enjoyment of the books. Even Sartarelli seems to give up. How exactly does anyone "inhale a whole glass of whisky in a single gulp"?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as always great
Published 8 days ago by paul
4.0 out of 5 stars read it and enjoy
Once again a good story line where you are lead through a labyrinth of clues. some genuine some not.
I needed to get into the story and then found it difficult to put down.
Published 1 month ago by Cragrat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Age of Doubt
This book was bought as a present requested by a friend of mine. She enjoys reading books written by Andrea .Camilleri
Published 1 month ago by kathryn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Andre Camilleri is a skilled wrfigkter of mystery genre, his Inspector Montalbano books are welll written, clever, funny with good plots
Published 3 months ago by towngirl
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, no doubt.
Salvo is drawn in to the sinister world of diamond smuggling in this latest instalment of the detective series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. S. Bancroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 14
Thoroughly enjoyed this Montalbano case - not the same without Livia of course but shows that Salvo is human. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs R Casserly
5.0 out of 5 stars In love again?
Had seen the tv portrayal, but you get even more out of reading his translated words. Poor Montalbano, never happy in love it seems, and getting older and older!
Published 5 months ago by C. F. Dubery
5.0 out of 5 stars 14th and is Livia going to get the boot at last?
How has he managed such a strange relationship for so long? More internal strife with the usual drama, humour, plot and possible distraction to the odd couple….until
Published 6 months ago by stanman surrey
5.0 out of 5 stars A story in 3D
The characters develop and have the same self- doubts and arrogance conflicts that we all face as time moves on. At the same time the action is tense and exciting.
Published 6 months ago by Margaret Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Montalbano
Love the stories. Easy to read. Have all the books.
Would recommend them to anyone who asked.
Awaiting the next one!
Published 6 months ago by willa
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