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The Track of Sand: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries - Book 12 Kindle Edition
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- Book 12 of 19 in The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries (19 Book Series)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read, a likeable detective, it makes you want to visit SicilyPublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
The twelfth book in the Inspector Montalbano series has the Sicilian detective continuing to feel his age and experiencing disturbing dreams. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr R
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