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The Treasure Hunt (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) Hardcover – 26 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle; Main Market Ed. edition (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447228782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447228783
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
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Praise for Andrea Camilleri and the Inspector Montalbano Series: "Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano mysteries might sell like hotcakes in Europe, but these world-weary crime stories were unknown here until the oversight was corrected (in Stephen Sartarelli's salty translation) by the welcome publication of "The Shape of Water"...This savagely funny police procedural...prove[s] that sardonic laughter is a sound that translates ever so smoothly into English."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Hailing from the land of Umberto Eco and La Casa Nostra, Montalbano can discuss a pointy-headed book like "Western Attitudes Toward Death" as unflinchingly as he can pore over crime-scene snuff photos. He throws together an extemporaneous lunch of shrimp with lemon wedges and oil as gracefully as he dodges advances from attractive women."--"Los Angeles"" Times"
"[Camilleri's mysteries] offer quirky characters, crisp dialogue, bright storytelling--and Salvo Montalbano, one of the most engaging protagonists in detective fiction...Montalbano is a delightful creation, an honest man on Sicily's mean streets."--"USA"" Today"
"Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator."--"The Washington Post Book World "
"Like Mike Hammer or Sam Spade, Montalbano is the kind of guy who can't stay out of trouble...Still, deftly and lovingly translated by Stephen Sartarelli, Camilleri makes it abundantly clear that under the gruff, sardonic exterior our inspector has a heart of gold, and that any outburst, fumbles, or threats are made only in the name of pursuing truth."--"The Nation"
"Camilleri can do a character's whole backstory in half a paragraph."--"The New Yorker " --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The irresistible Inspector Montalbano returns in his sixteenth mystery

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One of the main things that I've liked about Camilleri's Montalbano books is that they generally do not follow the current crime fiction trend of dark stories involving sadistic violence, serial killers, blood and gore. (It's not just that I find such content disturbing: I also find it disturbing that anyone should choose to read - or watch - such stuff for "pleasure".)

Camilleri's books might have contained the occasional gory murder or dark episode, but the prevailing mood has been light and humorous. But not with this book! Here we have a grim murder, the details of which I did not enjoy reading.

The first half of the book follows the usual enjoyable Camilleri formula, which consists of Montalbano's quirky character; lots of humour; and the occasional glimpse of social criticism from Camilleri's left-leaning perspective. I laughed out loud several times early on, and I have to admit the truth in my own case of a perceptive comment about the aging process: "...that at a certain age you become intolerant and don't let a single thing slide."

The social comment this time includes a reference to the ugliness of the housing built for the working class, and a description of the big-time criminals as being: "The CEOs who drive their companies to bankruptcy after making off with people's savings, the banks who are always finding a way to screw their customers, the big companies who steal public funds."

The second half, however, becomes more tense, but also contains a description of the aftermath of a gory and sadistic murder which spoiled the book for me.

Overall I am a great fan of Montalbano (the TV version as well as the books), but I'm not an uncritical one.
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I discovered Montalbano earlier this summer and read 15 books in just under six weeks! Unputdownable: witty, amusing and very clever. I was anxiously awaiting "The Treasure Hunt". Hurrah, even better than the Dance of the Seagull. The characters become richer and richer in detail and complexities: I adore Catarella and his "pewters", even the irritating Livia grows with each volume - I sympathise with Salvo's housekeeper...... And the mouthwatering food, I must go to Enzo even though Montalbano points out that he is unadventurous in the kitchen, quickly adding that the quality is so good that adventure is not necessary.
Good in this volume to meet the lovely Swedish Ingrid again, another cleverly developed character.

Stephen Sartarelli is a first class translator, those thoughtful notes really help understanding. The whole book flows as though it were written in English and even the crazy poems for the treasure hunt ring authentic. I don't know where M. Sartarelli lives in France, I'd love to meet him and shake his hand in gratitude for bringing such humour and intelligent Italian writing into the English sphere.

I know there are more volumes in Italian (if only I could read Italian - worth learning for Camillieri and so many other good authors perhaps) - so M. Sartarelli get translating fast please I need another Montalbano book very soon-

New readers do not start here....... Begin at the beginning and read the books in order, there is a background story which builds and builds and indeed the events of an earlier book are often referred to in later volumes.
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This is 88-year old Andrea Camilleri’s sixteenth detective novel in English centred on Inspector Salvo Montalbano, now aged 57. On the basis of this book, the author is aging rather better than his character. Once again, the translation is in the capable hands of Stephen Sartarelli.

The action opens with two aged reclusive siblings, Gregorio and Caterina Palmisano, shooting at the ‘sinners’ in the street below their extensive Vigàta apartment. They are quickly arrested and taken to a mental hospital. However, when Montalbano and his Sicilian team, Mimi Augello [who, at one stage, leaves his boss flabbergasted], Fazio, Gallo and Gulluzzo, begin to explore the darkened rooms they discover religious artefacts and pictures, grand pianos and a decrepid and much-patched inflated doll.

This event is rather welcome since there is very little happening on the crime front and Camilleri creates a rather reflective Montalbano, wondering whether his reaction to searching the room was an indication of his feeling his age. The detective rails against modern language when his mechanic gives him bad news about his car [‘’I’m afraid she’s ready to be junked, Inspector.’ The use of that verb set his nerves on edge. Whenever he heard it, whenever he read it, his balls immediately started to spin. And it wasn’t the only word that had this effect on him. There were others: securitise, contingency, restructuring, as per, precurrent and dozens more. Languages long dead invented wonderful words they handed down to us for eternity. Whereas our modern languages, when they died – which was inevitable, since every tongue on earth was becoming a colony of American English, itself dying a slow death by suicide – what words would they hand down to posterity? Junked? Kickback? Normalcy?
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