Weakest in series so far, but still well worth reading, Montalbano is getting more irascible. Crime seemed too big for a little Italian town.
Andrea Camilleri is a talented author. His Inspector Montalbano character is portrayed so vividly, you believe him to be real. Montalbano's compassion, his integrity, the things that anger him, his delight in authentic fish dishes, his love of his country, and his love for Livia are all painted to perfection in words. I absolutely love Camilleri's humour. Here is a taste of it in Chapter 9 with a conversation between policeman, Mimi Augello, and Montalbano. Mimi is speaking first.
"Are you still in touch with that Swedish woman, what's her name, Ingrid?"
"I haven't seen her in a while. But she did call me last week. Why do you ask?"
"Can we trust her?"
Montalbano hated it when somebody answered a question with another question. He did it himself at times, but always with a specific purpose in mind. He played along.
"What do you think?"
"Don't you know her better than I do?"
"What do you need her for?"
"If I tell you, do you promise not to think I'm crazy?"
"Even if it's a really big deal?"
The inspector got bored with the game. Mimi hadn't even noticed how absurd the dialogue had become.
The above is just a gentle taste of his humour. There were so many - much more - hilarious episodes in this story, that I wish I could share more. Definitely recommend the entire series. They don't need to be read in order, but the characters develop so, if you can, try to start with the first, The Shape of Water.
I think this is the best of the series so far. Great read. (I think it is best to read this series in order.)
This is the fifth book in the series featuring Inspector Salvo Montalbano out of Vigàta, Sicily. Montalbano struggles against corruption, government bureaucracy and the mafia. His team provides many interesting characters, as do the non-police members of his circle.
In this mystery, a young man is discovered murdered at his front door. Shortly thereafter another man asks the police for assistance regarding his missing parents, who resided at the same address as the murdered man. The police can`t see any other relation between the two, but can`t help but wonder. As the cases develop, Montalbano finds inspiration in both the sea outside his door, and a particular olive tree, and is led to a very disturbing discovery.
With an odd request from a local mafia lord, strange behaviour on the part of the missing couple, and worry over his team`s future, this novel continues to entertain.
Montalbano`s love of food is present again, with mouthwatering descriptions of local Italian dishes. These books immerse one in Sicily.
Another fine mystery; dark and world-weary. Except when it comes to beautifully cooked fish.
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