Shape of Water

Shape of Water

The First Inspector Montalbano Mystery

Book - 2002
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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 Wateris 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Viking : 2002
ISBN: 9780670030927
0670030929
Branch Call Number: MYS Cami
Characteristics: 224p

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captbligh
Mar 21, 2017

Good read. So many Italian names to remember. Realistic characters, satisfying plot.

Helen100 Sep 14, 2014

A Sicilian mystery solved by the interesting and passionate Inspector Montalbano. There is a lot of Italian atmosphere with some very comedic characters thrown in. I smiled many times throughout this story which is unusual in a mystery book. I look forward to reading more from Andrea Camilleri.

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htliang
Aug 02, 2014

A Sicilian mystery solved by the interesting and passionate Inspector Montalbano. There is a lot of Italian atmosphere with some very comedic characters thrown in. I smiled many times throughout this story which is unusual in a mystery book. I look forward to reading more from Andrea Camilleri.

JCLKatyW Jul 17, 2013

The writing of the story itself was great. A great book to pick up if you wanted to get a feel for Sicily. The reason I did not give it more stars is that I had a hard time with the corruption that was so pervasive throughout the police and political system in Sicily. I am sure that Camilleri's account is accurate to the situation in Sicily. It just makes me sad that public figures can be so easily bought, and that they so often never seem to come to justice.

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meyoubou
Apr 12, 2013

This is the first book in the series. I will certainly read all of the books. Very entertaining.

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