- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (5 Aug. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330492861
- ISBN-13: 978-0330492867
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) Paperback – 5 Aug 2005
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Inspector Salvo Montalbano is the detective faced with this puzzling case. He is under pressure from various powerful quarters to close it, but several things don't add up, in particular the discovery of a very expensive piece of jewellery near the crime scene, and the question of how the car could have got to its final, grim destination. Just as water takes the shape of whatever vessel it is in, so the clues and witness statements seem to shift in whatever direction Montalbano pushes.
The beauty of this book is in the evocation of place: the way in which the townspeople of all types live; the background of endemic political corruption; and the ways in which honest men like Montalbano have evolved to live with it - presented with wry, understated humour. Above all, though, is the sense of place, in which the family of the victim, Montalbano's colleagues, friends (male and female), witnesses and townspeople, are all portrayed tellingly.Read more ›
I have also read The Terra-Cotta Dog and The Snack Thief by Mr. Camilleri and found them to be remarkably fine novels. I encourage you to read this book with the understanding that good things await you. I suggest that you begin your introduction to Mr. Camilleri with The Shape of Water because the other two stories build on the character and plot developments in this one.
When the Shape of Water was first translated into English, I read several reviews of the book in national publications and found what I read about the book in them to be unappealing.Read more ›
I would warmly recommend this series by Andrea Camilleri and suggest you start with this first book that introduces us to Inspector Montalbano.
A new slant on the crime novel...
If you enjoy top notch crime writing, JL Burke, M.Connelly, W Mosley, from the US angle, here is the Sicilian flavour...
Simply outstanding with laugh out loud moments with good plotting...
The book is written in a very fluent style and the story has a number of twists and turns which makes it an enjoyable read. I would say 3' stars, so let's make it 4 because this is the first book of a series and character of the inspector may still grow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the third book I have read of. The Montalbano Mysteries. They improve as you get to know the central characters. Very enjoyable they may be come an addiction.Published 1 month ago by Pamela Fellows
Witty, charming, engrossing and typically Montalbano. One for new readers and devoted admirers.Published 2 months ago by bruce smith