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The Track of Sand: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries - Book 12 Kindle Edition

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`Stephen Sartarelli's intelligent translation and light annotation draw attention to Camilleri's topical commentary while retaining his comic timing. The Track of Sand is an accomplished detective novel that adds a further layer of ironic self-awareness to the Montalbano series.' --TLS

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The latest Andrea Camilleri novel featuring the irrepressible Inspector Montalbano

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 889 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle; New edition edition (3 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZKQ6QS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Had I not purchased The Wings of the Sphinx and The Track of Sand at the same time, at the end of Sphinx, I would have concluded that Camilleri was bored to death with Montalbano. The book was hardly deserving of one star, (reviewers agreed), but with hope I picked up Tracks of Sand and was not disappointed this time. Camilleri and Salvo are back on form. It is Livia perhaps that both the author and Montalbano are bored with?

A horse, bludgeoned to death, is found on the beach by Montalbano. He meets a friend of Ingrid who is possibly the owner. An equally, jawing droppingly beautiful woman with a voracious sexual appetite as Montalbano discovers, so why put up with the quarrelsome Livia?

Unless you must have a complete set, skip book 11 and read book 12. The Track of Sand.

A round of applause for the translator Sartarelli. Enjoy his notes at the back of each book.
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When I discovered Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano stories, I felt as though I'd stumbled across a gold mine. I'm hard to please when it comes to fictional detectives, but for me these books are up there alongside such greats as Raymond Chandler's first four novels, Dashiel Hammett's "The Dain Curse", the TV version of "Inspector Morse" and Jeremy Brett's first few TV series as Sherlock Holmes. This book is the twelfth Montalbano story to be translated into English, and I've now read all twelve in less than six months.

Camilleri thankfully does not rely on the currently predominant crime story formula of shock, gore and serial killers. Instead, all the Montalbano stories, including this excellent one, are characterised by three main elements, in addition to the obviously requisite page-turning plots.

Firstly, there is the character of our flawed hero Montalbano himself: selfish and odd, but endearing and amusing. Here is a man who will avoid meeting his girlfriend so that he can savour a good meal in his favourite restaurant without having to talk to anyone. Of course every writer tries to create a detective who is in some way "different" or quirky, or has an interesting relationship with his sidekick, but the Montalbano creation really works and is very refreshing.

Secondly there is the humour, often of the laugh-out-loud variety. There are grim moments in these murder stories, of course, but the prevailing tone is amusing. Much of the humour involves Montalbano's personality and his interactions with the other characters. But there are also comic gems such as Officer Catarella with his linguistic difficulties.
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By R de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2014
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Inspector Montalbano is getting more and more out or sorts: his long term "girlfriend," more like a wife, with whom he does not live and has not seen for a while and with whom relationships are strained is pushed to the background as the attractive and sophisticated Rachele makes a serious play for the aging detective. The case, seemingly off the wall, concerns the killing of a horse right outside Montalbano's house, then disappearing while the demi-monde characters of the Italian aristocracy and Rachele herself, emerge to involve him in an almost absurd quest to discover the truth - the more mundane underbelly of Sicillian society, involving lies, murder and manipulation. Our hero, at first lolling in a kind of ennui and self doubt. finally emerges and begins to recover his self-esteem and faculties for detection in what is the most distinctive book so far in the series. definitely a slow burn, but certainly a good yarn. This series of detective novels are up there with Chandler and Hammett, less hardboiled perhaps and with more passion, but in their way, great writing in the genre.
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I'm a great fan of the Inspector Montalbano films on TV and enjoy Camilleri's books even more. I particularly enjoyed 'The Track of Sand', not least because I read it whilst on holiday in southern Sicily. It's a wonderful book: Montalbano is worrying about the effect on his eyesight of getting old, but he has lost none of his deductive powers or his sense of humour. His long-standing (but long-distance) relationship with Livia is continuing, but is coming under a certain amount of strain - not least when the investigation leads to a meeting with the beautiful Rachael, a friend of Ingrid's.

If you've not previously read any of the Montalbano books, then I'd encourage you to do so. However, although 'The Track of Sand' is a perfect read, you will enjoy it even more if you start with one of the earlier ones in the series.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2012
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Inspector Salvatore `Salvo` Montalbano lives - lucky devil - in a beachfront house in a town in Sicily, with a veranda on which, in each of Camilleri`s scintillating novels about the droll, irascible, lone-wolf detective, he regularly sits lingering over one of the mouth-watering meals that his housekeeper Adelina (we should all be so mollycoddled) cooks for him, leaving them in the fridge for his inevitably hungry return from work or, occasionally, play.
He gets to play a little in this twelfth book in the series (there are several more to come -oh joy - even though the author is already in his mid-80s) though the stunner who lures him into a barn quite early on in this story leaves the normally faithful Salvo with mixed emotions. Said stunner is one of the several head-turners who populate the series, playing havoc with Montalbano`s libido as well as his loyalties to his long-distance, high-maintenance partner Livia, whom we don`t see or hear so much of in this book; indeed, one fears for their relationship.
The sometimes rather labyrinthine plot involves a dead horse our detective discovers
on the beach below his house, and the various parties who are involved in the clandestine races in which the horses, of which the dead example was one, take part.
The above-mentioned femme fatale is one Rachele, friend of Salvo`s flirty, equally
gorgeous Swedish pal Ingrid - who, to the reader`s delight crops up in a few of the books. There is a sub-plot involving a case in which Salvo is due to give evidence, and some high dramatics chez Montalbano...but no spoilers here!
For a newcomer to the series: begin at the beginning. The Shape Of Water and, especially, The Terracotta Dog (the best and maddest of them all) are the first two.
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