This is the first in Andrea Camilleri’s series featuring Inspector Salvo Montalbano. The usual trend for fast paced, edgy, gruesome crime novels, is not quite Camilleri’s style, he brings a slower pace to his stories, soaking up the sights and sounds of Sicily and bringing a gentle humour in to the story lines. Saying that this is still an intriguing and brilliant crime thriller and the beginning of a fantastic series with a highly likable leading character.
Inspector Montalbano series:
1. The Shape of Water
2. The Terra-Cotta Dog
3. The Snack Thief
4. The Voice of the Violin
5. Excursion to Tindari
6. The Scent of the Night
7. Rounding the Mark
8. The Patience of the Spider
9. The Paper Moon
10. August Heat
11. The Wings of the Sphinx
The goats of Vigata once grazed on the trash-strewn site still known as the Pasture. Now local enterprise of a different sort flourishes: drug dealers and prostitutes of every flavour. But their discreet trade is upset when two employees of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company discover the body of engineer Silvio Luparello, one of the local movers and shakers, apparently deceased in flagrante at the Pasture. The coroner's verdict is death from natural causes - refreshingly unusual for Sicily.
But Inspector Salvo Montalbano, as honest as he is streetwise and as scathing to fools and villains as he is compassionate to their victims, is not ready to close the case - even though he's being pressured by Vigata's police chief, judge, and bishop.
Picking his way through a labyrinth of high-comedy corruption, delicious meals, vendetta firepower, and carefully planted false clues, Montalbano can be relied on, whatever the cost, to get to the heart of the matter.
Publication date: 06/02/2004
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||6th February 2004|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy’s most famous contemporary writers. His Montalbano series has been adapted for Italian television and translated into nine languages. He lives in Rome. His Inspector Salvo Montalbano has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic, engaging take on Sicilian small-town life and his genius for deciphering the most enigmatic of crimes. Both farcical and endearing, Montalbano is a cross between Columbo and Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, with the added culinary idiosyncrasies of an Italian Maigret’ and if you like authors such as Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Leon and Michael ...More About Andrea Camilleri