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The Treasure Hunt (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) Paperback – 22 May 2014

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447228812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447228813
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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The irresistible Inspector Montalbano returns for his sixteenth mystery

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It`s a 4star because nothing`s perfect. The books parallel the humour of the TV programme style. Plot lines are typical of the Montalbano series, with the traditional obsessions about food, etc.

Not sure if the translation to English always works but, if you`re looking for a straightforward read, this won`t disappoint.

Not as dark as the Scandinavian crime books it`s Sicilian in it`s style & pace, more understandable if you`ve been to Sicily.

Sit back & enjoy. Good holiday / traveling read.
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Very disappointing. I came to this as a fan of the TV series and found the book, frankly, dull! Perhaps my expectations were too high. Or perhaps it loses something in translation.
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I have read all Camilleri's Previous books and expected to be entertained by another intriguing mystery, I was not disappointed. Mixture of humor and detection is something no other writer seems to achieve.
I would recommend this book to anyone but with warning it is an acquired taste.
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Yet another
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Really hooked on Montalbano. Have on Kindle, as books and on DVD. This one was up to usual high standards.
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We love the Montalbano books, this is an English translation or rather American English. Complements the BBC4 Italian film
A good price and arrived quickly
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Excellent - as always
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I have enjoyed every one of the books in this series, but I think that this is, perhaps, the weakest that I have read. I guessed the plot fairly early on, but the clues were fairly transparent and these books are not simply whodunnit's, so the writing and the storyline is not spoiled because you know who the killer is. However, in this book , I found the eventual murder to be both gratuitous and, as a result of weaknesses in the plot, probably unnecessary. Nevertheless, the story is very readable and I had no difficulty in reading to the end and enjoying the experience for the most part. In the treasure Hunt we find Montalbano aging and becoming more introspective, concerned with his ability to do his job both physically and psychoogically. With little to do and still less to motivate him due to a general lack of serious crime, Montalbano is bored and ready to engage in a mind-game, (the treasure hunt of the title), engendered by a mysterious protagonist who is goading him into following clues that seem to lead nowhere. Bored eventually, even with this, he hands the task over to a student of human behaviour who is keen to study his methods: meanwhile a series of incidents and the disappearnace of a young woman, sets the detective on some serious work and the treasure hunt is put out of his mind as he focuses on the work of a madman.
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