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Publisher Comments:

Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano has become an international sensation whose adventures have been translated from Italian into eight languages, from Dutch to Japanese. The Shape of Water is the first book in this sly, witty, engaging series with its sardonic take on Sicilian life.

The goats of Vigata once grazed on the trash-strewn, sirocco-swept site still known as the Pasture. Now local enterprise of a different sort flourishes: drug dealers and prostitutes of every flavor. But their discreet trade is upset when two employees of the Splendor Refuse Collection Company discover the body of engineer Silvio Lupanello, 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 nimbly through a labyrinth of high-comedy corruption, delicious meals, vendetta fire-power, and carefully planted false clues, Montalbano can be relied on, whatever the cost, to get to the heart of the matter.

Translated by Stephen Sartarelli.

Review:

"An elegant translation....Subtle, sardonic, and molto simpatico: Montalbano is the Latin re-creation of Philip Marlowe, working in a place that manages to be both more and less civilized than Chandler's Los Angeles." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] spare and spry English translation....Camilleri's strength lies in his gallery of eccentric characters....[B]ut his wrapping up the case by telling rather than showing...may disappoint action-oriented American fans." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano has become an international sensation whose adventures have been translated from Italian into eight languages, from Dutch to Japanese. The Shape of Water is the first book in this sly, witty, engaging series with its sardonic take on Sicilian life.

About the Author

Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano mystery series, bestsellers in Italy and Germany, has been adapted for Italian television and translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Dutch, and Swedish. He lives in Rome.

Stephen Sartarelli lives in upstate New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670030927
Translator:
Sartarelli, Stephen
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Author:
Sartarelli, Stephen
Author:
Camilleri, Andrea
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Juvenile
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Salvo Montalbano Mysteries
Series Volume:
D36
Publication Date:
20020527
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224 p.
Dimensions:
7.84x5.34x.85 in. .70 lbs.

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Product details 224 p. pages Viking Books - English 9780670030927 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An elegant translation....Subtle, sardonic, and molto simpatico: Montalbano is the Latin re-creation of Philip Marlowe, working in a place that manages to be both more and less civilized than Chandler's Los Angeles."
"Review" by , "[A] spare and spry English translation....Camilleri's strength lies in his gallery of eccentric characters....[B]ut his wrapping up the case by telling rather than showing...may disappoint action-oriented American fans."
"Synopsis" by , Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano has become an international sensation whose adventures have been translated from Italian into eight languages, from Dutch to Japanese. The Shape of Water is the first book in this sly, witty, engaging series with its sardonic take on Sicilian life.
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