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The Paper Moon: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries - Book 9 [Kindle Edition]

Andrea Camilleri
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Motionless, Montalbano waited for the surf to enter his brain and wash it clean with each breaker. At last the first light wave came like a caress, swiiissshhh, and carried away, glugluglug, Elena Sclafani and her beauty, while Michela Pardo’s tits, belly, arched body and eyes likewise disappeared. Once Montalbano the man was erased, all that should remain was Inspector Montalbano – a kind of abstract function, the person who was supposed to solve the case and nothing more, with no personal feelings involved. But as he was telling himself this, he knew perfectly well that he could never pull it off. As he gets older, Inspector Montalbano is beset by existential questions. But he doesn’t have much time to wax philosophical before the gruesome murder of a man – shot in the face at point-blank range with his trousers down – commands his attention. Add two evasive, beautiful women as prime suspects, dirty cocaine, dead politicians, mysterious computer codes, and a series of threatening letters, and things soon get very complicated at the police headquarters in Vigàta. 'The novels of Andrea Camilleri breath out the sense of place, the sense of humour, and the sense of despair that fill the air of Sicliy. To read him is to be taken to that glorious, tortured island' Donna Leon

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'A cold twisted tale of love and exploitation at its heart, but Montalbano...[is]the perfect counterweight to its darkness.'
-- The Times

Reviewing The Evidence

Camilleri's wonderful and witty writing style is always a joy to read.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (25 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TSARA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,255 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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4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book centres on two fascinating women - the sister and the mistress of Angelo Pardo, done to death in horrible circumstances right at the beginning. The sister hates the mistress - but why? Montalbano meets both and has to be wary - Michela's eyes and Emilia's easy beauty are seductive. But his job is to discover the killer, and as usual local and national politics and the complex social fabric of Sicily are a strong element - and food too, at Enzo's wonderful trattoria. For all Montalbano's afficianados, this is really the mixture as before, which is how we like it, and it is a lovely read, full of atmosphere and interest, and with an involving plot which keeps you guessing. I don't think it's the best Montalbano mystery (though I'd find it difficult to say exactly why) but it's certainly up to scratch and will while away a few hours very enjoyably indeed.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By Andrea Bowhill VINE VOICE
Inspector Montalbano wakes this time not by his inner alarm clock but from one he now sets each night to wake him prompt each morning. His usual slapstick routine of starting the day had fallen by the wayside, irrelevant random thoughts had been plaguing his mind, with a touch of forgetfulness, tiredness and that feeling of age had suddenly creep upon him.

Within ten minutes of being at the station Montalbano is confronted by Signorina. Michela Pardo who cannot locate her brother Angelo, he may have been forty-two but had been missing for some forty eight hours and would always call when away. After a few questions and being won over by Michela's deep, violet lake eyes he was willing to check out her brother's apartment. Montalbano stumbles into a gruesome situation on Angelo's terrace, a man shot at point blank range in the face presented in a rather lewd position.

As things begin to unfold Angelo Pardo the victim was certainly appearing to be no saint. A former doctor struck off the Medical Association ten years earlier after indecent relations with a female patient. Montalbano also had suspicions and doubts about Angelo's job as a medical/pharmaceutical `Informer' and the wealth that seemed to go with it, not only was he lacking a bank account, the money had instead been spent on lavish expensive gifts for his mistress. Then there was Angelo's computer, three files protected by passwords and within secret codes were used! What for? Threatening letters had been found but a strongbox Angelo kept was missing. Montalbano sized up possible motives female entanglements or shady influence in the medical profession with plenty of suspects past and present to go with both, or was it something else?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Montalbano, beautiful women and food 4 May 2009
A beautiful woman arrives one morning at the office of Chief Inspector Salvo Montalbano to report her brother missing. Not one to hold out against a persuasive let alone stunning beauty for too long, Montalbano eventually agrees to accompany her to her brother's apartment and look for clues as to his disappearance. What they discover opens up another can of Sicilian worms for Montalbano to disentangle.

Montalbano is his trusty self and all the gang are here, from Catarella - poissonally in poisson - to the enigmatic Adelina, whose dishes continue to appear in Salvo's refrigerator. Camilleri's stories are always a delightful mixture of banter and humour mixed with gory murder and political intrigue and this one dishes up all the usual ingredients. I found the plot a little thinner than the best and the array of beautiful women slightly Bond-like, but it's an easy, enjoyable read that keeps this excellent series alive and kicking and with more to come. Great for the beach or long waits in the airport lounge.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Camilleri 28 Sept. 2008
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Montalbano is a wonderful invention - a human being, it would be hard not to like him. He adores good food and will travel out of his way to find it. He is infuriated by and infuriates his subordinates. He sits under his favourite olive tree to think, to find a solution to some vexing question. He wrestles with his work but he loves it. I've thoroughly enjoyed all the Montalbano series. Each one is like a good meal.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
As The Paper Moon opens, Salvo Montalbano, a fifty-something police Inspector in the fictional town of Vigata, Sicily, is summoned to see a distraught woman, Michaela Pardo, whose brother Angelo has unaccountably disappeared.
Salvo's search of the missing man's house soon reveals Angelo's dead body, in a provocative scene that can leave no doubt that the death is not accidental. After his initial discovery of the body, Salvo's investigation develops into a satisfying detective story in the Sherlock Holmes tradition, with the complex interplay of the Italian political culture and Sicilian organized crime providing an edgy, sharp focus.
"Mimi" Augello, Salvo's handsome but vain second-in-command, is the acceptable face of policing so far as Salvo's political superiors are concerned, and is increasingly tied up with large-scale drugs and smuggling investigations on their behalf. Mimi's gradual evolution across the series from wayward playboy to excessively dedicated parent has been amusingly touching; and the way in which Salvo uses Mimi as a front with his superiors in order to carry on unchecked his own eccentric, intuition-fuelled, erratic and emotional investigations is wonderfully wicked.
The other two main members of Salvo's team, the straight-as-an-arrow, loyal Fazio and the hilarious, linguistically challenged Catrarella, are used to good effect in this novel; the relationship between Salvo and Caterella has become more overtly affectionate as Salvo has come to appreciate Catarella's simple devotion and dedication to whatever task his master sets him.
The Paper Moon is the ninth of Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano series, translated by the poet Stephen Satarelli with his usual exceptional sympathy and erudition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Moon
Witty and intriguing with a plot that twists and turns.Leaves you feeling you have just visited Sicily and dined there.
Published 1 day ago by Mrs Janet Pasons
4.0 out of 5 stars addictive
I shall get more books in the series.
Published 6 days ago by C. W. Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 days ago by Mike McDowall
5.0 out of 5 stars 😊
Brilliant. Camilleri has written another exquisite detective story set in Sicily. Enjoy every twist and turn and be transported to Sicilian food, climate and culture.
Published 9 days ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars The continuing magic of Corsica and Inspector Montalbano.
I really enjoyed reading can't go wrong with the Montalbano stories told by Camilleri.
Published 21 days ago by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Must be translated by the same person that did the ...
Must be translated by the same person that did the TV series because none of the humour is lost and the story flows well.
Published 24 days ago by 66cas99
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good book. I enjoyed it, and would buy more in the series.
Published 24 days ago by emmjay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Yes, I like these stories. Inspector Montalbano is a very human cop with normal responses and urges. The stories are good and have just the right amount of detail. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TerryB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good page truner
Story keeps rolling on! Funny in parts - Montalbano is full of surprises,
Published 1 month ago by SparkRight
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable.
A thoroughly enjoyable read. The story develops with a main theme and surprises as you read.
Published 1 month ago by Janet Lepley
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