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The Longest Mid-Life Crisis in Literature,
This review is from: The Age of Doubt (Inspector Montalbano) (Paperback)
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.)