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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 plagued 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 pants 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.

‘Wonderful Italian detective stories’ Guardian

‘A magnificent series of novels’ Sunday Times

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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; Main Market Ed. edition (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 (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,711 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
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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 Brilliant
As always, Camilleri's dry humour is conveyed so well in the English translation. My only complaint is he keeps me from my sleep! Can't put each novel down before completion! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Paula Carthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Once again excellent book in this series.
Published 1 month ago by clemi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Terence Heslin
4.0 out of 5 stars Montalbano at his bumbling best
As usual Salvo gets there in the end. He may not understand how he got there but there he is.
Published 1 month ago by Gerry D
3.0 out of 5 stars Without the sun and the architecture not a enjoyable read.
Having watched and enjoyed the Montalbano series on TV [subtitled], the written work in english was not pleasant to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wallymac
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the latest Montalbarnos, but Camilleri set an...
Still utterly engrossing, but quite an old one and somehow not quite up to the same standard as the latest Montalbarnos.
Published 1 month ago by John Lorimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every star
Excellent as usual and aas bonus brings Sicily to life
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Been on TV
Would have given it the usual 5 star except it has been on TV, which took the edge of a bit
Published 1 month ago by Steve Sidders
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. E. Kitson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a pleasure to read.
Published 2 months ago by Sheila Lloyd
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